Animal Migration: Guests (2012)

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.

Jeff Knetter

Upland Game and Waterfowl Staff Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Jeff Knetter developed a love for the outdoors while growing up in north-central Wisconsin. Most summer weekends were spent camping in the "Northwoods" with his family. Much of his spare time was spent outside fishing, hunting or just exploring with friends and family. His interest in wildlife led him to choose Wildlife Ecology as a major for his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After graduating in 1997, Jeff decided to continue his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and pursued a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology. He conducted his research on a small shorebird called a Piping Plover in northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota.

After completing his Master's Degree in 2001, Jeff worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. In 2004, he was presented with an opportunity to move west and work for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Jeff has worked for IDFG for almost 10 years and currently oversees the management programs for upland game and waterfowl species in the state. Jeff has developed a passion for working with both game birds and the public.

Jeff lives in Boise with his wife, two children and two hunting dogs.

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