Heather Kraus is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the foundation, a position created in 2021 to fulfill a long standing need to expand the foundation’s educational programs.
Heather 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.
Originally from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Heather now resides in Port Royal, SC where she enjoys having the Cypress Wetlands and the Spanish Moss Trail practically at her front door.