New NMWC Executive Director Melissa H. Moore. Courtesy photo
New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) in Espanola has hired Melissa H. Moore as its new executive director.
The previous Director, Katherine Eagleson, retired at the end of 2016 after 8 years of leadership. Eagleson brought a strong, science education-based focus to the agency, and helped bring the whole organization to a higher standard.
Moore, who moved to Santa Fe in November, came from Seattle, WA where she was Education Manager at PAWS in Lynwood, WA. A licensed falconer for 20 years, Moore has also worked at other wildlife centers including the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, MO, and Wildlife Experiences, Inc. in Rapid City, SD, which she founded in 2000.
With a degree in Biology from Tufts University, Moore has also served on boards of directors at the National Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Association and the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.
“I am very pleased to join the exceptional team at the New Mexico Wildlife Center and I look forward to helping the Center to continue to play an important role in wildlife conservation in New Mexico.”
Moore is to lead NMWC, a nonprofit, in its mission to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships, and responsible wildlife rehabilitation. NMWC houses over 30 education animals on a permanent basis as well as an additional 50 to 150 animals in its rehab center at any given time.
NMWC offers schools and community groups education programs which showcase wild animals that are native to New Mexico. Their River Classroom is a model experiential education program that introduces students across Rio Arriba County to the science and forces that govern habitat health that, in turn, affect wildlife.
Visitors are welcome at NMWC 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
This is an exciting time for NMWC as they continue to raise public awareness. To volunteer or request a wildlife presentation, contact NMWC at 505.753.9505, or visit www.newmexicowildlifecenter.org, for more information.