I hope you all have been having fun enjoying this beautiful weather! Wenatchee has been consistently sunny lately, and I am loving every minute of it. Those few months right before the hot summertime are one of my favorites of the year. Spring is full of activities for Team Naturaleza, and this would not be possible if it weren’t for a group of passionate and hard-working individuals.
Today I would like to share with you all an interview with Katie Tackman, who plays a big part in Team Naturaleza. Katie is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable people I know. She has done so much great work for the Wenatchee Valley, not only in environmental work but also volunteering with many other organizations. Ahead is the interview, in which she shares her work with Team Naturaleza, and her hopes for the organization in the future.
First of all, what is your favorite bird?
In Washington, I would have to say the Western Tanager. However, I just got back from a wedding in India, and went to a bird sanctuary where there were several different types of kingfishers! The Common Kingfisher is my now my new favorite!
What got you interested in the position at Team Naturaleza?
I was lucky and someone called me to take the position, knowing my interest in bilingual education and my background in science.
How long have you been a part of Team Naturaleza (TN)?
I have been part of TN for a little over seven months.
Why do you think Team Naturaleza is important for our community, but also for nature?
Wenatchee has a very diverse community, but when out on our public lands the diversity often isn’t represented. I would love to see our public lands utilized by everyone in the community! I think the more people that use nature will appreciate it, which will hopefully lead to more people wanting to protect and preserve what we have left!
What do you do besides being coordinator at Team Naturaleza?
My primary job is working as a fish and wildlife specialist for our local public utility district. Outside of work I am on the conservation committee for the Icicle Fund, am on the leadership team for our sister region with Kyrgyzstan, am on the selection committee and volunteer for our local performing arts center, am in several book clubs, and spend as much time outside as possible.
What is your biggest wish for Team Naturaleza in the next five years and into the future?
I would love to see the vision for TN to be the foundation for other programs in the region with similarly diverse communities. It’s all about bringing as many people as possible to celebrate and appreciate nature!
I hope you all enjoyed this week’s blog post!
See you next time!