Growing up in New Jersey, Alli got hooked on bird conservation in middle school during a class trip to see the spring shorebird migration in Cape May. She followed that passion through college, and received her B.S. in Wildlife Science from SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY in 2016. Her love of seabirds has brought her to work in colonies in Massachusetts and Maine, and most recently with Least Terns and Black Skimmers in Southwest Florida. While working in Naples, Alli was introduced to a charming population of urban Burrowing Owls, and to the passionate volunteers that monitor them under the guidance of Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE). Now a M.S. student at UF, Alli will be collaborating with AWE to study these threatened Burrowing Owls and expand their citizen science monitoring program. In her free time, Alli enjoys crocheting, birdwatching, and baking elaborate desserts.