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Meet #ScienceWoman Susi von Oettingen

Susi von Oettingen, #ScienceWoman

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day May 9, we’re sharing #ScienceWoman profiles of biologists who are helping us save our feathered friends! Our #ScienceWoman campaign honors women across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who are making history in our agency and in conservation. With each #ScienceWoman, we share a photo and a couple questions and answers about her work. Stay tuned for more posts later this week.

Meet #ScienceWoman Susi von Oettingen, an endangered species biologist at our New England Field Office

Susi studied biology and botany as an undergrad at the College of William and Mary, and studied wildlife management in grad school at the University of Massachusetts. If you can’t find her along the New England coast working with roseate terns, piping plover and northeastern beach tiger beetles, she’s probably counting bats in summer roosts and winter hibernacula. Susi splits her time working with partners to support these and other threatened and endangered species. She assists and consults with federal and state agencies, environmental organizations and private landowners to protect and recover New England’s protected wildlife.

Mollie Beattie is my ‘official’ female conservation hero, no doubt about it. But I have lots more!” Susi says. “I work with a host of outstanding women biologists in the Northeast Region’s endangered species program and refuges. All of these women are my conservation heroes, too.” (Speaking of endangered species…Check out this interview Susi did with Fox CT on endangered species in the state!)

SVO releasing plover

Susi releasing a piping plover.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? A. I love working with the Service because of the opportunity to meet and work with the most extraordinary people. The dedicated and passionate biologists, landowners and conservation minded citizens with whom I work inspire me to keep plugging away at my job.

Q. If you could have one incredible animal adaptation, what would it be? A. I would love wings like a peregrine falcon so I could soar over wildlife refuges and watch plover chicks hatch and terns feed their young, and observe rare plants while never leaving a mark on the habitat.

Susi skiing.

Skiing is one of many of Susi’s outdoor hobbies! Photo courtesy of Susi.

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Meet #ScienceWoman Anne Hecht

Anne Hecht, #ScienceWoman

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day May 9, we’re sharing #ScienceWoman profiles of biologists who are helping us save our feathered friends! Our #ScienceWoman campaign honors women across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who are making history in our agency and in conservation. With each #ScienceWoman, we share a photo and a couple questions and answers about her work. Stay tuned for more posts later this week.

Meet science woman Anne Hecht, an endangered species biologist at our Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge

Anne earned a B.A. in philosophy and a Master’s degree in forestry. She finds the analytic thinking and writing skills from her philosophy courses extremely useful in her daily job. Anne coordinates our recovery efforts for the piping plover. Have a question about piping plovers? She’s your #ScienceWoman. She’s traveled as far south as the Bahamas, west into the Northern Great Plains and north into Canada to learn more about the shorebird and support conservation partnerships.

A piping plover and several chicks. Credit: Heidi Sanders, Friends of Ellisville Marsh in Plymouth, Mass.

A piping plover and several chicks. Photo credit: Heidi Sanders, Friends of Ellisville Marsh in Plymouth, Mass.

Q. How did you get interested in conservation? A. When I was 12 years old, I went to a YWCA summer camp in Maine that specialized in canoeing and hiking. At the end of the summer, I told my parents, “When I grow up, I’m going to marry a forest ranger.” Yikes!

Q. What’s your favorite species and why? Sandhill cranes. Piping plovers are cute, but cranes are magnificent.

Sandhill Cranes flying over Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Doug Racine, USFWS.

Sandhill Cranes flying over Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Doug Racine, USFWS.

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Piping plover. Credit: William Majoros.

International Migratory Bird Day is Almost Here!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. (Photo credit: Bill Thompson, USFWS)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. (Photo credit: Bill Thompson, USFWS)

Birds of a feather flock together, and we’re celebrating all of them!

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is just around the corner! This year’s IMBD will focus on the importance of habitat to birds. By protecting birds and their habitat we’re benefiting all other species, including humans! Did you know that birds act as pollinators? Without them would have fewer flowering plants and foods that depend on pollinators.

One habitat that is critical for birds in the Northeast region is the Atlantic shorelines. The American oystercatcher is one such bird that depends on the shore for survival. Their diet consists of mussels, clams, and as their name would suggest–oysters–as well as other small sea creatures.

American oystercatcher at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. (Photo credit: USFWS)

American oystercatcher at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. (Photo credit: USFWS)

We’ll be celebrating migratory birds all week! Each day we’ll highlight a #ScienceWoman working to protect our feathered friends. Stay tuned!