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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

Wildlife Ecologist

Stephanie works to protect New Jersey’s bat populations by raising public awareness and educating the public on the benefits of bats. She is responsible for projects designed to protect and enhance habitats for forest bats as well as monitoring their population trends throughout the state. 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 hiking, traveling, riding her horse, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Phone 609.984.0621
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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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Lindsay McNamara
Communications Coordinator

Lindsay assists in public communications and outreach efforts, fundraising and program support and event planning. Her work focuses mainly on CWF’s online presence. Lindsay earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environment, Society and Sustainability from the University of Delaware in 2012. A Jersey Girl born and raised, Lindsay enjoys hiking, birding, blogging, and spending time near the ocean.

  • Phone: 609.984.6012
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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 lives in Swainton with her husband and all their rescued animals. Outside of work she volunteers for a local animal shelter and enjoys the woods and Delaware Bay.

  • Phone: 609.628.0402
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Kelly Triece

Wildlife Biologist

Kelly Triece provides technical guidance and assistance to private landowners to develop voluntary conservation plans for the benefit of wildlife. She also works on other conservation projects that aim to identify and restore critical habitat linkages in New Jersey. Kelly received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from University of Delaware and a M.S. from Montclair State University where her research focused on identifying wildlife road mortality hotspots in northern New Jersey. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photography and yoga.

  • Phone: 908.852.2576 ext 122
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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 reclaimed wood picture frames and other artwork.

  • Phone: 609.628.2103
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Jennifer Zebrowski

Education Coordinator

Jennifer is responsible for education program development as well as outreach and conservation program support. One of her favorite CWF responsibilities is the Species on the Edge Art & Essay contest. She received a BS in Marine Science, Marine Biology Track from The Richard Stockton College of NJ in 2003. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and young son, gardening, and crafting.

  • Phone: 609.292.9451
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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!


CWF 2014 Annual Report Story Map

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Use interactive web-mapping and multi-media to follow American oystercatchers throughout the year as they migrate between northern breeding sites and southern wintering spots & learn about their life history and the various threats they encounter along the way.

>> Visit the Story Map