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Annie Edwards

Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area Conservation Planning and Impact Associate

608-355-0279, ext. 33

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I became an avid hiker as my curiosity guided me through the rolling landscape. After walking countless miles past oak trees and through golden grasses, I realized I wanted to dedicate my future to protecting our environment. This motivation drove me to hop across the country and pursue a degree in Soil Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, I had the incredible opportunity to grow my passion for our natural world with the Aldo Leopold Foundation as a Land Stewardship Fellow. 

After completing my Fellowship in May 2021, I have transitioned to become the foundation’s new Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area Conservation Planning and Impact Associate! The title is quite the mouth full, so allow me to break it down. The Leopold-Pine Island (LPI) is the combined land of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and its neighbor, the Pine Island State Wildlife Area. This land was designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in 2005. In 2009, years of research culminated in a document outlining the IBA’s breeding avifauna, priority birds and habitats, and a suggested management plan. As the Conservation Planning and Impact Associate for this project, I am reviewing and revising the IBA management plan to determine what has been accomplished since its creation and how the foundation should continue its land management practices. 

I could not be more excited to apply my education and technical field to the foundation’s ecological goals!