Our #ScienceWoman campaign kicked off during Women’s History Month, and we’re going to keep on rolling! We’re looking forward by honoring women across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and female conservationists who are making history in our agency and in conservation. With each #ScienceWoman, we’ll share a photo and a couple questions and answers about her work. Stay tuned for more posts!
Meet #ScienceWoman Mariana Bergerson, deputy refuge manager of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
Mariana studied biology and environmental studies at Ursinus College and Saint Joseph’s University. Her female conservation hero is renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall.
Q. How did you get interested in conservation? A. Growing up in the city of Philadelphia, I always loved the times when I was able to explore the nature in my neighborhood. Through classes and experiences in college, I discovered that conservation work was for me! Now I enjoy working at an urban refuge not only protecting important open space for wildlife but connecting youth to nature in a way that I wish I had growing up!
Q. What’s your favorite species and why? A. The tree swallow is my favorite species. Their deep-blue iridescent color is beautiful in the sunlight and their acrobatic flight is really entertaining, which helps kids get excited about birds. It also helps that they eat pesky mosquitoes too!
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