Zach Schiff

Joined: Dec 08, 2017 Last Active: Apr 06, 2020

Originally from Denver, Colorado where I have spent a lifetime outside. My love of the outdoors has led me to my career in natural resource management and conservation. I am currently the lead range technician with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex. My main duties are combating invasive plant species and restoring habitat back to native shortgrass prairie. But I am also fortunate enough to get to work with the animals that live on the "range" such as bison and black footed ferrets. I have also spent time working for the National Park Service at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona and Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Roxborough State Park. My "back yard" is 400 acres of privately owned wildlife habitat in Northeastern Colorado, which includes one of the largest warm water slough systems on the South Platte River in the state.

Birds are my first love, and my favorite thing to search for and photograph. However I am also interested in butterflies, bees, and dragonflies (though my knowledge base of these only extends to looking in my field guides). Working in rangeland management and prairie restoration makes plants a MAJOR part of my life, especially grasses which I have deep appreciation for. They aren't flashy like wildflowers (or birds and butterflies), can be challenging to ID, and most people overlook them but it is a hugely important and awesomely diverse family. Once you take the time to get to know them, they are actually just as interesting and beautiful as any other flower out there!

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