JOSEPH A. MEDINA, B.S. Staff Scientist
Joseph A. Medina, B.S.
Joey grew up in the Central Valley and spent time birding, camping, and exploring in Sierra and Sequoia national forests. He has always loved being outdoors and finds solace in forests, marshes, and grasslands.
Taking an introductory course in wildlife management inspired Joey to complete an Associate of Science degree in Forestry and Natural Resources at Reedley College. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation at Humboldt State University (HSU). While at HSU, Joey carried out several research projects including those addressing relationships between foraging behavior and bill morphology in shorebirds, microhabitat selection behavior of the great egret, and the effectiveness of artificial perches for raptors in agricultural areas. For his honors thesis, Joey studied seasonal activity patterns of the Humboldt’s flying squirrel in old growth and second growth forests using baited camera traps.
As a wildlife technician with the United States Forest Service, Joey conducted habitat and population surveys for special-status species, including Yosemite toad, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, California spotted owl, great gray owl, and northern goshawk. As a biological science technician with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, he conducted population and demographic surveys of shorebirds, Aleutian cackling geese, and other waterbirds in Humboldt Bay. At the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Joey also assisted with the Shorebird Sister Schools Program, teaching elementary school students about shorebird ecology and the importance of species and habitat conservation through thematic talks, storytelling, and activities.
In his spare time, Joey enjoys birding, hiking, photographing native flowers, and creating bird and natural landscape art.