Leading scientific research to enhance understanding of wildlife and their habitats, and sharing this knowledge so we can all become better stewards of our natural resources.

Welcome to Our New Education and Outreach Coordinator!

Nemours Wildlife Foundation set out this spring to find someone with a passion for  wildlife conservation to educate and encourage people of all ages toward becoming better stewards of our abundant natural resources.  We believe we have found just that person in the most recent addition to our staff, our new Education and Outreach Coordinator, Heather Kraus.

Heather, originally from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, earned her Master of Science with a concentration in Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity in 2019 from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She was a Magna cum laude graduate of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Biology in 2011.

Following her undergraduate studies and during graduate school, Heather worked on several projects including as a research assistant for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, field research assistant at the University of Maryland, crew leader for Bat Conservation International in Massachusetts and a field technician at Cornell University.

Through these projects she has honed her skills in bird banding, preparing educational material, communicating scientific topics to diverse audiences, project management, and supervising and training staff. All these experiences will be useful in her new position in which her duties will include developing programs that explore regional conservation issues for all age groups, especially K-12 students.

Heather will represent the foundation in the statewide Palmetto Bird Conservancy currently in development. Her responsibilities will involve coordinating regional bird banding stations,   training and supervising citizen science collaborators and implementing a collaborative  network of MOTUS towers.

This new position at the foundation was made possible by an endowment created from extremely generous donations from long-time supporters Steve and Vicki Mix and Lainey Lortz.



Nemours Plantation is located within the heart of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto (ACE) Basin, world-renowned for its conservation accomplishments and listed by The Nature Conservancy as “one of the last great places”.

The Foundation’s setting in this incredibly diverse natural landscape provides unmatched opportunities for conducting scientific and educational programs.

Nemours contains a rich diversity of habitats including remnant rice fields, fresh and brackish water marshes, upland pine and hardwood forests, bottomland hardwoods, and cypress/tupelo swamps.

The Nemours Wildlife Foundation is regularly engaged in short and long term studies focusing on conservation, management, and sustainability of wildlife populations and their habitats.


Nemours Wildlife Foundation is located on the private Nemours Plantation.  Because of the sensitive nature of wildlife research taking place year-round, we are not open to the public.  We welcome organized groups by appointment as our research schedules permit.  Please contact us for available dates and times.