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About Our Board

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Our all-volunteer Board of Directors meets four times a year. We set direction for the organization, conduct research, raise funds, lead and assist with wildlife relocations, provide public and school education programs, conduct community outreach, participate in public decision-making processes that affect wildlife, and, until staff is hired, conduct all administrative work for the organization.

It is our policy to seek consensus, and to build cooperative relationships. It is our goal to pursue our mission in a manner that promotes a sense of community. We believe that greater good may be accomplished by a respectful approach to issues.

Denise Folke

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Denise FolkePresident - Elected in 2019, Denise has worked in Grants Management for over 20 years with experience in federal, state, local, private grants and fundraising. She acquired herGrant Professional Certification (GPC) in 2011. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Communications. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, she was able to experience the relationship between native animals, farm animals and humans living respectfully together as well as the devastation of dwindling predator populations. After working in other fields, Denise is excited about the opportunity to use her talents towards creating better synergy for wildlife, nature and humans alike.

Jean Myers

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Treasurer - Jean Myers grew up with an empathy for animals that no one around her shared. She was born to do animal work. She moved to Flagstaff in 1995. Shortly thereafter she joined the Pet Assistance League and served as Secretary-Treasurer for three years. She also joined a chapter of EarthSave and was a member of the core group. In 1998 she joined the newly created Animal Defense League of Arizona and stayed on through October 2010 as the Northern Arizona Representative.

Her other activities include the Shared Earth Network and Paw Placement. Jean is delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the Habitat Harmony board.

Dr. Erika Nowak

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Secretary - Erika is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability and the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and is the owner of Erika M. Nowak Herpetological Consulting. She earned a BS in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University (1991), and a MS in Biology (1998) and a PhD in Biology (2009) from Northern Arizona University. Erika’s current research interests are in ecology, behavior, conservation, and science-based management of herpetofauna, particularly federally threatened gartersnakes and venomous reptiles. Her internationally-recognized conservation work with rattlesnakes and gartersnakes was profiled in the 2018 book American Snakes. Erika is passionate about using the results of scientific research to teach people to live in harmony with venomous predators and other wildlife. Her rattlesnake ecology and safe handling trainings for state, federal, and local agencies and private groups encourage humane handling and management of venomous snakes.

Emily Renn

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Emily (Nelson) Renn is the Executive Director for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, a non-profit organization working to return wolves to their historic range in the Grand Canyon region. She completed her M.S. degree at Northern Arizona University in Biology with a focus on wildlife conservation biology, and B.S. in Biology with emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Management. Her graduate research focused on the survival success of translocated Gunnison's prairie dogs in the Flagstaff area, and she continues to coordinate prairie dog translocations for colonies threatened by development or destruction with Habitat Harmony. Over the past 14 years, Emily has worked as a field biological technician, researcher, and environmental educator with many species of mammals and birds in northern Arizona. She started as a volunteer with Habitat Harmony, Inc. in 2003 during the Flagstaff Mall's expansion site prairie dog relocation. Emily strongly supports Habitat Harmony's role in being an advocate and providing a voice to the "under dogs" of our wildlife neighbors.

Sherry Golden

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Sherry Golden is recently retired from legal practice specializing in nonprofit representation. She is involved with environmental issues in her new community in Oklahoma City where she has started a community garden. Sherry was part of the group that founded Habitat Harmony, Inc. in 2000. She believes in the intrinsic value of the natural world and the connectedness of all creatures. Sherry sees the work of Habitat Harmony as vital to these values and will continue to contribute in her new capacity as “long distance Board member”!

Tyler Roberts

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Tyler Roberts

Tyler Roberts is originally from Illinois and earned his BS in Biology from the University of Oregon in 2010. Since then he has worked as a technician, researcher, and biologist on a variety of research projects, from Australia to Alaska. While living in Colorado, Tyler gained valuable experience studying and translocating black-tailed prairie dogs with the Prairie Dog Coalition and Colorado State University. He is currently working towards his MS degree in Biology, with an emphasis on ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at NAU. His research focuses on intraspecific variation in plant traits and their relationships to herbivory within the context of environmental restoration and climate change.

Join the Board!

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Habitat Harmony, Inc. is looking for individuals who would like to serve on our Board of Directors. Habitat Harmony is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation founded upon the recognition of the inherent value of the natural world.  Our mission is to assist humans to live in harmony with wildlife. Learn more about our programs.

This goal is reflected in the following activity areas:  education; public policy advocacy; habitat improvement and preservation; and relocation and alternative care for displaced wildlife.  Our focus has been the prairie ecosystem of northern Arizona, with much of our resources devoted to protecting prairie dogs.

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors meets four times annually. We set direction for the organization, conduct research, raise funds, lead and assist with wildlife relocations, provide public and school education programs, conduct community outreach, participate in public decision-making processes that affect wildlife, and, until staff is hired, conduct all administrative work for the organization.

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Prairie Dog Life

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Nursing Chamber

A mother keeps her young pups safe while the other Prairie Dogs investigate the snake.

Entering the Burrow

A prairie dog hears an emergency cry of "snake" and goes to investigate.

Listening chamber

A prairie dog sits listening just beneath the surface of the ground.

The Rattlesnake

The rattlesnake found a prairie dog burrow to sleep in but has been discovered by the prairie dogs.

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