Meet our 2021 Field Conservation Interns!

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Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Martina Avendano moved to the Portland metro area at the age of four and has greatly enjoyed growing up in Oregon. She graduated from Warner Pacific University where she studied biology and developed her love for field work. While at Warner Pacific, she worked as an undergraduate field assistant helping to track the nesting success of American kestrels at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. She also interned with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and worked as a field technician at the Phillip W Schneider Wildlife Area in eastern Oregon. Martina enjoys going on bike rides, practicing her bird identification, and baking delicious goodies. She is excited to be working with WMSWCD this year to remove garlic mustard across the district, develop her skills in environmental stewardship and learn many new things along the way.

Isa Rojas is an energetic and creative person with a passion for the environment. Isa’s love of the natural world stems from her time spent as a child living in New England. After studying Natural Resource Management and GIS at the University of Vermont. Isa wanted to live in a space the echoed her core values of environmental activism and community development. After moving to Portland Isa became active in many nonprofits such as Bark, and Latino Network. Isa enjoys hikes in the high desert, foraging, and exploring Portland’s many coffee shops.