Michelle Smith

Blogger Profile: Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith has always been interested in animals and conservation and gained experience with small mammals and hoofed animals while earning her bachelor’s degree in zoology at Washington State University. This was also where she first started working with birds, and after graduating she conducted field work for the Great Basin Bird Observatory. After leaving aviculture for two years of aquatics work and adventure, Michelle started at the Maui Bird Conservation Center as part of the internship program and was hired as a research associate in 2009. Since then, she has taken special interest in advancing the enrichment program as well as introducing native plants both to the facility grounds and to the birds.
‘Alala: Weighing In

‘Alala: Weighing In

Keeping a close eye on the health of the birds is very important to us here at the Maui Bird Conservation Center. One valuable way we determine the health and[.....]

New Homes for the Growing Flock

New Homes for the Growing Flock

As previously reported, the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program has achieved notable success this year, increasing the `alala flock by 11 juveniles (see post, Record Breeding Season for ‘Alala)! With[.....]

1st Hatch of Hawaiian Bird Breeding Season

1st Hatch of Hawaiian Bird Breeding Season

Greetings from the San Diego Zoo’s Maui Bird Conservation Center (MBCC)! We are starting to welcome chicks here at the MBCC for the 2010 breeding season. Over the summer, the[.....]