Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Karen Velas

General Naturalist

Karen Velas

Hailing from the wilds of Los Angeles, Karen spent her formative years exploring many of California’s out of the way and amazingly diverse places while studying art and avian ecology. Her passion for wildlife and habitat conservation led her to work on a variety of projects over the past 10 years. She conducted migratory songbird research at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory on the shores of Lake Ontario in Western New York, where she obtained her bird banding license with a special hummingbird banding qualification. Her work with the National Audubon Society included Lead Project Coordinator on the California Condor Conservation Project assessing the recovery efforts of North America’s most endangered bird. She currently lives in the Central Valley of California where she works with farmers and landowners to promote bird-friendly farming practices. Karen loves exploring the world and has been fortunate enough to set foot on six continents, including Antarctica. She loves to share her knowledge and observations of bird behavior and is endlessly inspired by the beauty of the natural world.