Hawks Aloft Inc.
PO Box 10028
Albuquerque, NM 87184
Phone: 505 828-9455
Fax: 505 828-9769
E-Mail: gail@hawksaloft.org

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Staff

Meet our Staff

The staff and volunteers at Hawks Aloft come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Each member of the Hawks Aloft team brings valuable knowledge, insight, and vision to the organization.

Gail Garber, Executive Director

Gail Garber

My background for this position is non-traditional. As an artist and writer, I have written three books in another field and published numerous articles, including peer-reviewed manuscripts. Back in 1988, I met and fell in love with an educational Red-tailed Hawk. I began working as a volunteer for a local conservation organization, and it wasn’t long before I became a staff member writing training manuals, grants, editing their newsletter, etc. However, it was education that was my first love, followed by field research. Today, I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of Hawks Aloft, from working in the field studying nesting raptors along the Rio Grande bosque and songbird surveys to education programs to working with our large cadre of non-releasable education birds. I have been thrilled to write not only technical papers but also articles about birds and nature for the general public.  In my other life, I am a professional quilt maker (Gail Garber Designs) and often travel to teach and lecture methods that I have developed in this media. My leisure time is often spent outdoors, searching for birds and more birds, but my dogs and I also enjoy the peace and quiet of our mountain home (and the birds). Click here to contact Gail.

 


Trevor Fetz

Trevor Fetz

Trevor Fetz, Lead Avian Biologist

I grew up in northeastern Oregon and received a B.A. in English from Whitman College. Upon realizing that my baseball career was not going to advance beyond college, and that I didn’t want to teach English, I decided to pursue my interest in nature. I received an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University, and it was during that time I discovered my obsession with birds. After completing my M.S., I spent several years working for the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit studying Spotted Owls in southwestern Oregon and two years as the project coordinator of a MAPS station for the Medford, Oregon, district of the Bureau of Land Management. I completed my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at New Mexico State University in 2010. Click here to contact Trevor.

 


 

Mike Hill, GIS Specialist and Biologist

Mike Hill

Mike Hill

I grew up in central New Mexico and spent the majority of my childhood outside catching toads, snakes, and lizards. Upon graduation from high school I decided to pursue my love of nature in a formal setting. I graduated from Western New Mexico University in 2003 with a B.S. in Forestry/Wildlife. My summers were spent working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service throughout the southwestern US. I enrolled in graduate school at New Mexico State University and I eventually transferred to Texas A&M University to immerse myself in an active herpetology program. I radio-tracked Dunes Sagebrush Lizards (Sceloporus arenicolus) in southeastern New Mexico and operated trapping grids for a Dunes Sagebrush Lizard mark-recapture study in Chaves County, NM. I have remained active in Dunes Sagebrush Lizard conservation, management, and research since 2004. If I’m not in southeastern New Mexico performing lizard surveys, I’m at home with my wife and daughter or assisting Hawks Aloft with GIS needs. While I could be classified as a herpetologist, I prefer to think of myself as a naturalist with more knowledge about amphibians and reptiles than other groups of organisms. I have a deep respect for our natural world and I never want to lose my connection to it. Click here to contact Mike.

 


Maggie Grimason

Maggie Grimason, Senior Editor and Educator

I was born in Indiana and bounced around the Midwest, Southwest, and East Coast before landing in Albuquerque, a place which I am very proud to call home. I graduated with honors from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and have had the pleasure of applying my talents to many literary pursuits. I’ve nearly completed a certification in technical writing, curate a monthly book club, contribute to an online journal of nature and travel writing and work as the arts and lit editor for the Weekly Alibi.  I have had the pleasure of working in education at the elementary, high school, and college levels in both the United States and during a great adventure in the far east. In addition to my love of the written word, I also find immense joy in nature and working with wild animals. After a stint in wildlife rehabilitation off the coast of Washington, I sought to meld my two passions and have found a perfect fit in my position at Hawks Aloft. When I’m not working and writing I enjoy nightly runs along the Bosque, watercolor painting, and, of course, reading. Click here to contact Maggie.

 


 

 

Arlette Miller, Raptor Rescue Dispatcher

Arlette comes to Hawks Aloft after spending years volunteering on research projects examining local Cooper’s Hawks populations and, later, on field surveys for Hawks Aloft. A former journalist and customs broker, Arlette brings lots of thoughtfulness and attention to her interactions with callers to our 24/7 Raptor Rescue Hotline (which she staffs), as well as with the volunteers and rehabilitators she works with. When she’s not coordinating rescues, Arlette enjoys making jewelry, spending time with her family, and hiking and camping throughout the Southwest.

 

 


Raymond VanBuskirk

Raymond’s love for the natural world was born in the pine forests of the Land of Enchantment. He is a New Mexico native and has been birding since he was knee-high to a Bushtit. When he’s not conducting bird surveys for Hawks Aloft he co-owns and operates BRANT Nature Tours, is a Senior Leader for WINGS, does freelance writing and painting, and works for Bird Watcher’s Digest as the Sales and Marketing Manager for Redstart Birding. He spends part of his summers instructing nature camps for the American Birding Association and the National Audubon Society. Last, but not least, Raymond is a proud member of QBNA, the continent’s informal club for LGBTQ+ members of the birding community.


Greg Finkelberg

I grew up in Southern California and have spent the last 10 years in Phoenix, AZ. I originally earned a B.A. in business, but upon graduation, realized I did not want to pursue a business career. After beginning a volunteer position in public outreach and education at the Phoenix Zoo, I decided to pursue a B.S. in conservation biology and ecology. Shortly after going back to school I began an undergraduate research position at the Phoenix Zoo’s conservation center, focusing on studying narrow-headed gartersnake behavior. I served in this position for nearly two years while also volunteering at Liberty Wildlife, a raptor rescue and rehabilitation center. After graduating in May 2018, I spent the summer interning with the Arizona Game and Fish department. This position gave me the opportunity to assist field biologists to conduct field surveys of Chiricahua leopard frogs. After completing this internship I went back to the Phoenix Zoo, working in education and outreach. At Hawks Aloft I am responsible for conducting field surveys of songbirds and raptors, making this an ideal position for me.

 


Susan Harrelson

I have been doing natural resource work in the Southwest since 1984, and am happy to be able to continue this kind of work with Hawks Aloft. I earned a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. After a few years with Arizona Game and Fish Dept., I spent 31 years with the Forest Service, on the Prescott, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Forests. During this time, I was fortunate to work on a wide variety of projects including: native fish surveys, riparian surveys, fire effects monitoring, spotted owl and goshawk surveys,
pronghorn habitat improvement, vegetation classification, rare plant surveys, forest and meadow restoration, and riparian restoration. I have been a wildlife biologist, range conservationist, fisheries technician, ecologist, forester, and silviculturist. I love working in the varied habitat types of the Southwest, and want to continue to study, conserve, and protect the natural environment.

 


Jill Morris, Office Manager

I grew up in Northern California and moved to Albuquerque over 25 years ago. I love it here!  I have a BA from San Francisco State University. After my son was born, I went back to school to earn an AA in accounting. I love birds and other animals, nature, and doing what I can to protect the environment. I enjoy staying organized and helping the office run smoothly. I am very excited to be here at Hawks Aloft and to take part in the important work being done!

 

 

 


Evelyn McGarry, East Mountain Raptor Rescue Coordinator

My hero is Jane Goodall. Growing up, I watched every wildlife television show and collected newspaper articles about the plight of the world’s wildlife. Unfortunately, I never completed my zoology degree. My employment history includes working as an admissions supervisor with Great America theme park, a store manager at Crown Books and Lechter’s Housewares, a bookkeeper with a printing company, a file clerk with Levi Strauss, and in the last 25 years before my retirement, employed as an eligibility worker with the County of Santa Clara. My volunteering began with Santa Clara County 4-H while working full-time and raising a daughter. I continue to volunteer in my retirement with my neighborhood homeowners association, my retirement association, my local senior center community garden, and with Hawks Aloft. Currently as a volunteer with Hawks Aloft I am involved in community awareness and educational outreach, mews cleaning, raptor handling, and raptor rescue. Perhaps one day I will finish my higher education in zoology but for now it’s wonderful to have a volunteer hobby devoted to beautiful birds of prey