Kristina Mitchell joined the staff of Strawberry Plains as an Operations Assistant in the summer of 2018. She had been volunteering with Strawberry Plains since the fall of 2016, mostly by developing and leading bird banding research there. Kristina graduated from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, in 2004 with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management; and from Mississippi State University, Starkville, in 2011 with a M.S. in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture. Along with enrichment from these institutions, Kristina has gained experience in wildlife conservation through research and administrative jobs for various entities across 14 states in the USA, beginning in 2001. Through working with loads of data and various computer programs, Kristina has honed in her skills for attentively tracking information and managing large, complex sets of data. She is now happily working closely with SPAC Administrative Manager and Director of Finance for the Lower MS River Flyway, Mary Lynn Riley, to manage the financial accounts of SPAC; and she will continue to work with other staff and volunteers to grow the avian research and education program at Strawberry Plains. Kristina’s expertise and passions are in bird conservation research, focusing on changes in phenology and population demographics due to climate and landscape changes. From her past training and work experience, she maintains an interest in working lands’ programs that bring conservation insight and technical assistance to landowners. Additionally, she hopes to continue to experience the magic of birds with people, from sharing bird banding experiences at Strawberry Plains to discussing ways to encourage better backyards for birds (and other wildlife). Kristina lives in Southaven, Mississippi, with her husband, Hal and their menagerie of pets. When she’s not out exploring the wilds, she enjoys tending to her native plant garden, watching the birds in her backyard, reading books, and playing with her friends.
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