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Nurtured by Nature

PO Box 1675
Valley Center, CA 92082



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Kevin Yates
President and Founder, Board Member

Kevin has been involved with animal care for most of his life. His parents encourage his interest in animals from a young age. That interest as a child transformed into a career and Kevin has worked in both the Elephant and Mammal department for the San Diego Zoological Society for over 23 years. In addition to his career, Kevin and Wendy have a home business that Kevin started 25 years ago called Animal Educators. Animal Educators provides for-profit educational shows with small exotic animals. You may have seen some of their animals on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

Wendy Yates
Secretary and Treasurer, Co-Founder, Board Member

Wendy has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Stetson University. Wendy supports the NBN organization with her knowledge and organizational skills developed from her 25 years of financial experience for various banking entities in Southern California.

Lisa Nelson
Vice President, Board Member

Lisa has a B.S. in Animal Science and a M.S. is Embryology and Andrology, and currently works with embryology lab services in her professional life. At Nurtured by Nature, she assists with animal care and socialization. Additionally, she assists with visits from the Institute for Conservation Research.

Sarah Stuck
Nurtured By Nature On-site Keeper

Sarah has a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College. She is the on-site keeper for Nurtured by Nature, assisting with animal husbandry, socialization of animals and volunteer management, as well as participating in the interactive programs. Sarah volunteers at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park as an interpretive volunteer at the cheetah exhibit, and has participated in birth watches for the African elephants and gorillas. She also volunteers at the Project Wildlife care center, helping to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Jeffrey L. Lincer, Ph.D.
Board Member, Non Profit, Conservation Specialist / Advisor
Dr. Lincer received his Bachelors and Masters degrees, in Wildlife Biology/Management, from Syracuse University and his Doctorate in Ecology and Toxicology from Cornell University. He co-founded the Wildlife Research Institute in Ramona, CA. His background includes 40 years as a scientist, educator, scientific advisor and administrator in environmental research and management and is most well known for his work with raptors and other T/E species. He is a Past President of the TWS Southern California Chapter and the RRF (Raptor Research Foundation). He chaired, and co-edited the Proceedings for, the First International Burrowing Owl Symposium, played important roles in subsequent international owl symposia, and co-edited the Proceedings of the First California Burrowing Owl Symposium. He was the founding Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Raptor Information Center. Dr. Lincer served as Consulting Editor for the joint RRF/Bureau of Land Management publication, "Raptor Habitat Management Multiple Use Mandate." Over the last three decades, he has worked on major projects from Alaska to Africa, addressing raptor population trends, ecological monitoring, environmental impacts, ecotoxicology, and habitat protection and acquisition. He has taught college environmental courses, produced over 100 scientific publications and papers, authored dozens of environmental reports, and served as advisor to high-level governmental offices and national/international conservation programs.



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