FOUNDERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
*Meta Larsson, a native of Sweden, loves nature and animals, and enjoys photography. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University. She initiated and inspired the creation of this group because of her outrage over coyote trapping and killing in the Atlanta area. Meta maintains a blog at: www.metasbilder.blogspot.com and http://metalarsson.carbonmade.com
*Linda Potter is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and the Ex-Assistant Director of the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE). AWARE preserves native wildlife through rehabilitation and education. AWARE is located just outside of Atlanta and treats about 1,500 injured or orphaned wild animals each year. In addition, AWARE provides education programs and counsels people on their wildlife concerns. More information about AWARE can be found at: www.awarewildlife.org.
*Janet Kessler is a naturalist who has spent thousands of hours making first-hand observations and documenting urban coyotes: their behavior, and their reactions to people and dogs and vice-versa. Her detailed descriptions of urban coyotes — and photos of all wildlife — can be seen on her websites at: www.coyoteyipps.com and www.urbanwildness.com. It is because of, and through, Coyote Yipps that Meta requested help to stop the imminent coyote trapping in Atlanta. We all wrote letters and made phone calls, Janet wrote and designed flyers and put together a new informational website, and we organized a presentation that launched CoyoteCoexistence.Com
OPERATIONS COORDINATORS (new)
*Sara Rubin, Social Media Specialist and Coordinator, Outreach and Field Observations
*Linda Potter, Education, Information, Writer, Editing, Presenter, Outreach
*Meta Larson, Education, Information, Writer, Editing, Presenter, Outreach
*Bipasha Jackson, Education, Field Observations, Outreach
*Janet Kessler, Field Documentation, Naturalist & Coyote Authority based on 11 years of daily first-hand coyote field work and documentation, Writer, Presenter, Designer, Education.
*Christopher B. Mowry, Ph.D. is an associate professor of biology at Berry College and also serves as chairman of the biology department. The campus sits on nearly 26,000 acres of land, much of it undeveloped, which makes it a great place to be a biologist. He teaches courses in introductory biology, ecology, and conservation biology, and has an active research program centered on animal ecology. He studies the feeding ecology and conservation of non-human primates, particularly lemurs and African monkeys. And he studies coyote populations in the southeast and in Yellowstone National Park, and has launched a study of coyotes in the Atlanta area.
*Chris Nagy, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Gotham Coyote and has worked in NYC as a wildlife biologist since 2001. His graduate work at Fordham University and CUNY — he has always been interested in learning how wildlife can make a living in an urban environment. He is currently Director of Research at the Mianus River Gorge in Westchester, NY. Chris contributes his expertise in population and occupancy modeling as well as a thorough knowledge of NYC parks. Another of his pet projects is Wild Suburbia Project in New York.
*Jon Way, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at Clark University where he is continuing his goal of long-term ecological and behavioral research on coywolves. He runs an organization Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research, works seasonally for Cape Cod National Seashore, is a part-time post-doctoral researcher with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, frequently travels to the Yellowstone area, and is seeking a publisher for a 3rd book project of his: “Coywolf”. He has also written Suburban Howls, an account of his experiences studying eastern coyotes in Massachusetts.
*Anonymous, a Wildlife Behaviorist with 40 years of experience working with wildlife, including for one of the large wildlife organizations here in the City.
*Ilana Strubel, MA, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT, Veterinarian Behaviorist with extensive Wildlife Behavior and Interpretation training, and a Certified Docent at Año Nuevo, where she talks about the behavior of the wildlife, particularly sea lions. Please visit her website: A Well Adjusted Pet: Meet Ilana. Ilana has been observing a coyote’s behavior daily, right from her dining room window, where she can see the behaviors of the coyote, and how it interfaces with the myriads of dogs and people who pass through.
If you would like to help out in your neighborhood or through your neighborhood association, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only those that want their names to appear here will be added. If you wish to remain under-the-radar, we fully support your decision to do so and will not list you here.
*John Zullo, Reconnaissance Liaison, San Francisco, CA
*Cathy Hudson, Team Member, Atlanta, Georgia
*Lumi Cercel, Neighborhood Representative, Garden Grove, California
*Kathy Dowell, Coyote Advocate, Grayson County, Virginia
*Vicki Guy, Humane Advocate and Associate in Texas
*Joyce White, Coyote Advocate for Los Angeles, covering the entire Southern California Area for our coyotes.
*Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Partner and Coyote Advocate, from the the Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash Native American Indian tribes in California, representing and speaking on behalf of Indian Canyon and Costanoan Indian Research (501c3).