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Kim Winter

Dr. Winter is the NatureWatch National Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C.  She holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Management and a Master’s degree in Ecological Anthropology.  She served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Bolivia, helping teach environmental education and beekeeping and managing a native tree nursery in one of Bolivia’s most biodiverse national parks.  Through subsequent research projects in Bolivia and Ecuador, Kim was invited by indigenous leaders to help document how traditional cultural practices aligned with strong conservation ethics, helping them to achieve greater autonomy over the management of their natural resources.  Throughout her career in the U.S., Kim has sought ways to bring the value of conservation to the public eye by promoting opportunities for general audiences to immerse themselves fully in nature, whether through programs like freshwater snorkeling, special events hosted by National Forests and Grasslands like Fishing Days, Bat Week, and Pollinator Week; or online using wildlife critter cams, educational resources like the FSNatureLIVE Distance Learning series, and the NatureWatch website (www.fs.fed.us/naturewatch).