Colleen Wisinski

Blogger Profile: Colleen Wisinski

Colleen Wisinski is a senior research technician in the Applied Animal Ecology Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She is a field team leader on two projects concerning conservation of local species of concern: western burrowing owls and coastal cactus wrens. Colleen earned her master’s degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University, Bozeman. She studied survival and habitat use of greater sage grouse in southwestern Montana. She is interested in conservation biology, population dynamics, and habitat use of birds.
A Closer Look at Burrowing Owls

A Closer Look at Burrowing Owls

Don’t get me wrong, I love the squirrels (more than I ever thought I would), but I’m a bird biologist, so I’m really excited to start working directly with the burrowing owls!   read more

Bling with a Purpose

Bling with a Purpose

Bird banding is an important tool for researching wild birds, allowing them to be individually identifiable in the hand or by sight.   read more

A Sense of Wonder for Wildlife

A Sense of Wonder for Wildlife

I grew up in rural southeastern Wisconsin and was lucky enough to have a big backyard with a forest and a creek just down the road. I spent as much time as I could outside when I was a kid—I even had an imaginary friend that lived under the shagbark hickory in our backyard.   read more

Golden Eagles: An Exercise in Patience

Golden Eagles: An Exercise in Patience

Because so little is known about the eagles in the area, we’ve had to resort to good, old-fashioned detective work—that means sitting and waiting to see eagles.   read more