Moving from Maine to Arizona in 1990 to pursue an interest in wildlife research, Sarah did field work on birds, lizards, frogs, dragonflies and small rodents, but primarily studied bats.
While earning a M.S. from the University of Arizona, her thesis work examined the use of artificial water developments by desert bats. During eight years of research on bats in the mines, mountains and deserts of southern Arizona, she handled over 3,000 bats of 19 different species.
A 20-year resident of Whidbey Island, Sarah is a Beach Watcher (class of 2000, now Sound Water Stewards) and is active with Whidbey Audubon Society. These days she mostly studies birds, participating in citizen science bird surveys of shorebirds, seabirds and other species.
Sarah will share her enthusiasm for the marvelous mammals that fly through our summer nights. For more information on Sarah and bats, see Dan Pedersen's excellent article from December 2011, "Living with bats on Whidbey Island"