Name: Stephanie Loredo
College: University of Oregon
Majors: Environmental Science and Biology
Project Site: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Background: I was born in beautiful Barranquilla, Colombia, a city that is full of life and is always hot. At three years old, my family moved back to their homeland Lima, Peru where I spent the next seven years of my life. My life took a drastic toll when my family moved again, but this time it was to Eugene, Oregon. I was sad to leave my family, friends, dog, and country behind. But slowly I embraced the people, the culture, the forest, and made Oregon my second home. Now I can say that Peru has my roots, but Oregon has allowed me to discover my vocation.
I became attracted to the environmental science field from feeling the urgency to change the way humans interact with the world and help clean up the messes we have created. Noticing Oregon’s lushness compared to the deeply altered city of Lima, awakened my love for plants and my inclination to conserve Peru’s natural resources. I am most passionate about protecting rainforests/old-growth forests, building sustainable food systems, and inspiring people towards living a more sustainable, equal rights future for human and non-human inhabitants. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to intern with the Environmental Leadership Program in two occasions. The first was a conservation science in action project called “Western Gray Squirrel Conservation” where my team had to monitor the species and advice our community partners about the effect of the area’s restoration plans on the species. The second internship was an environmental education project titled “Exploring Ethnobotany” in which with a large team developed, implemented, and revised a three-day curriculum on native plants of the Pacific Northwest for students in K-5. The two projects led me to want to further my work in both wildlife research and environmental education which is exactly what attracted me to this internship.
Additionally, I have been a volunteer for a year and a half at Cascades Raptor Center, a nature center and wildlife hospital for birds of prey in Eugene, Oregon. This is where my interest and love for birds began and my further inclination to join the Celebrate Shorebirds team. I am now very excited to start research and educate the community about shorebirds and furthermore, have the opportunity to reach out to the Latino community.
Interests: Keeping active and spending as much time outdoors as possible. I love to do yoga, go on bike rides, run in open air, hike beautiful sceneries, go camping, averagely swim in the ocean and lake, and wildlife watch. If I¹m not engaging in physical activity during my free time, you will find me spending joyous time with my Maltese-poodle, Zeus and of course, family and friends.
Long-term goals: I want to actively conserve and restore natural habitats, as well as, lead people towards a more sustainable living in the two places I call home. I hope to be apart of and eventually jumpstart my own environmental organization in Peru, to help preserve the country’s natural beauties and resources.