Journey of the Birds
Visitor Services Manager
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Dawn Grafe has guided and managed the public use program for six National Wildlife
Refuges along the coast of Oregon for more than ten years. Her work involves K-12
marine education, volunteer coordination, natural resource interpretation, community
outreach and anything else that involves the public. In partnership with state and
Federal agencies, non-profit conservation organizations and others she has developed
an extensive interpretation and Environmental Education Program with more than 2,000
students receiving hands-on learning annually.
Dawn also worked as a field biologist in North Carolina, Florida and California.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of
Florida and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Oregon State University.
Dawn has an affinity for anything with feathers and is passionate about sharing
this affinity for birds with people of all ages.
Thomas J. Gaskill
Education Program Coordinator
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Tom Gaskill has directed the development and implementation of the educational programs
and facilities at the 5,000 acre South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
since 1994. He has worked successfully with the Reserve’s federal partner, NOAA,
the Oregon Department of State Lands, and a variety of community and staff collaborators
to establish innovative educational approaches. Mr. Gaskill has significant experience
working with a variety of professional science educators in the development and
implementation of curriculum and field-based educational experiences.
Most recently, he has worked with various partner institutions to develop the Oregon
Coast Education Program, an effort to train teachers and expand ocean and coastal
literacy in schools throughout Oregon. His favorite work involves providing and
participating in outstanding field experiences for students and teachers along the
shores and waterways of the estuary!
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