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Conserve Wildlife Foundation Team

Meet the dedicated staff and professionals behind Conserve Wildlife Foundation's important work.


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David Wheeler

Executive Director

David is responsible for running the Foundation, as well as raising the money needed to support CWF's mission. A proud New Jerseyan, he wrote the book Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State, and lectures at Rutgers University. He earned his M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business. David enjoys being active outdoors with his daughter and son in his spare time.

  • Phone: 609.292.1276
 

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Mike Davenport

GIS Program Manager

Mike is responsible for maintaining the state's database of rare species locations as well as being the contact person for CWF's mapping projects. He received his M.S. in Environmental Geography from Rutgers University where his research focused on biogeography. Mike enjoys spending his free time kayaking, SCUBA diving, and traveling.

  • Phone: 609.259.6963
 

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Stephanie Egger

Wildlife Biologist

Stephanie is responsible for piping plover and other beach nesting bird recovery implementation as well as conservation efforts for diamondback terrapins. She is the Mid-Atlantic Region Co-Chair for the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group. She received a BS in Marine Biology from Millersville University in 2001 and a MS in Biology from St. Joseph's University in 2006 where her thesis research focused on nesting ecology of northern diamondback terrapins along a salt marsh assess road in New Jersey. When she is not enjoying the beaches of New Jersey, Stephanie is enjoying raising her young daughter.

  • Phone: 215.350.6827
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Stephanie Feigin

Program Coordinator

Stephanie is responsible for administrative and fundraising projects, event and meeting planning and public communications and outreach in our Trenton office. Born and raised in New Jersey, Stephanie received her B.S. in Ecology & Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University in 2013. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outside hiking, traveling, and riding her horse, as well as spending time with her family and friends.

  • Phone 609.984.0621
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Mackenzie Hall

Private Lands Biologist

MacKenzie works with farmers and other large-scale landowners to enhance habitats for rare wildlife like grassland birds and forest bats. She moved from rural northern New York to New Jersey in 2002 and was awed by the energy, diversity, and determination of this small state that she now calls home. MacKenzie likes to dabble in anything artsy or outdoorsy and wants to one day have a colossal fruit & vegetable garden (for now, the balcony will work!).

  • Phone: 908.782.4614, Ext. 104
 

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Brian Henderson

GIS Specialist

Brian enters rare species sightings into the Biotics database. At work he deals with many species, but reptiles and amphibians are his personal interest. He received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and has spent the last seven years working in related fields. Outside of work, Brian likes to see live music, take photographs and explore the state of New Jersey.

  • Phone: 609.777.4136
 

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Todd Pover

Beach Nesting Bird Project Manager

Todd oversees managing, monitoring, and research of piping plovers, least terns, black skimmers, and American oystercatchers in New Jersey. He has been involved in the beach nesting bird project since 1994, in partnership with NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife. When not working (or playing) on the beach, Todd enjoys traveling, movies, and culinary pursuits. He lives in Stone Harbor.

  • Phone: 609.628.0401
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Liz Silvernail

Director of Development

Liz is membership manager, event planner and director of giving for the Foundation. She is responsible for engaging people in our mission and enabling them to support it with contributions, membership donations, sponsorships and grants. A native of New York State, Liz enjoys surf fishing in New Jersey and raising 3 great children.

  • Phone: 609.292.3707
 

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Larissa Smith

Wildlife Biologist and Volunteer Manager

Larissa has worked for the CWF foundation since 2000 as a Wildlife biologist. She coordinates CWF's volunteers and works on the New Jersey Bald Eagle project as well as a variety of other projects. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Stockton College and an M.A. in Environmental Education from Rowan University. She volunteers at a local animal shelter and lives with a rescued dog, cats, hamsters, chickens and a duck.

  • Phone: 609.628.0402
 

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Ben Wurst

Habitat Program Manager

Ben is responsible for identifying and restoring degraded wildlife habitat and he helps manage and protect ospreys as part of the NJ Osprey Project. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science with emphasis in Wildlife Conservation from Unity College in 2004. Ben also works on a variety of other conservation projects that include peregrine falcons and diamondback terrapins. Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys photography, backpacking, and woodworking. Ben collects salvaged wood that he uses to create picture frames and other artwork. Check out his work on his website.

  • Phone: 609.628.2103

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Wildlife Viewing Map

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Learn the best sites to view wildlife in New Jersey. Created by biologists who work to protect the species you wish to view!