Bio for Vicky Runnoe
Conservation Education Supervisor, Idaho Department Of Fish And Game
Vicky Runnoe is the Conservation Education Supervisor with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. She grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin where she spent many hours exploring neighborhood woods and fields. Birds captured her interest when she was in high school, and she has been an avid birdwatcher ever since.
It was bird watching that led her into a career in environmental education. During college, Vicky began volunteering at Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London, Wisconsin and discovered that she loved helping people, especially kids learn about nature. She graduated from Lawrence University with a bachelor's degree in biology and did some graduate coursework in resource ecology at Duke University. Her career in environmental education has allowed her to work in Canada, with Oklahoma State Parks, the National Park Service in Montana, and Idaho Fish and Game in both Salmon and Boise.
Vicky has a daughter and a son, three border collies and a very large, black horse. Dogs, kids and mom enjoy hiking together while the horse carefully carries kids on easy rides and mom into Idaho's backcountry.
Bio for Beth Paragamian
Wildlife Educator, Idaho Department Of Fish And Game
Beth Paragamian is a Wildlife Educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service. She has been presenting wildlife programs for more than 33 years.
Beth is also the manager of the North Idaho Wildlife Education Center in Coeur d'Alene, which displays hundreds of taxidermied animals in habitat settings. She directs a rehabilitation program at the Center that has seven educational raptors there permanently as well as various reptiles and mammals.
Beth's love of wildlife began as a child living near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. She fished, caught turtles, and watched birds nearly every day in the wetlands and woods nearby. That interest in the outdoors led to being a camp counselor for four summers for city kids who attended a rural nature camp. Beth received a college degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Science Education and taught junior high science in Wisconsin for a year. After moving to Iowa, she started a career in Conservation and Wildlife Education which has continued to the present.
Beth and her husband enjoy all kinds of sports and outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with their extended family. They live in the Coeur d'Alene area and have two dogs, a horse and a llama.