Meet The Team

We are a tight-knit group of birders representing the UNCA Audubon Chapter and the Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter.

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Sarah Branagan

A Junior at UNC Asheville majoring in Environmental Management and Policy with minors in Psychology and Management.  She is also working towards an NC Environmental Education Certificate.  She is a lifelong bird enthusiast who is now the current president of the UNC Asheville Audubon Chapter and on the board of the Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter.  After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school for Environmental Management to follow her childhood dream of working with the National Park Service.

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Paulina Jones

A Senior at UNC Asheville majoring in Environmental Management and Policy and minoring in Biology and Legal Studies. She is currently the Vice President and Treasurer for the UNC Asheville Audubon Chapter. A passion for the intersection of wildlife research and policy motivates her current undergraduate research pertaining to fatal bird-window collisions on the UNC Asheville campus. Paulina plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Wildlife Resource Management after graduation in pursuit of her long-term goal of creating and implementing policies that will allow for the public funding of wildlife rehabilitation facilities across the United States.

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Danielle DiBella-Lenaway

 Danielle was the founder of small businesses and currently presides over CPR LifeSaver Asheville.  She is a board member of the Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter and is working with UNCA students on the Bird Collision Program. Danielle has been influential in various  organizations, including a fundraiser in conjunction with the Children’s Restoration Network where she raised close to a half a million dollars and brought media attention to the plight of homeless children in Georgia (Guinness World Record in the longest concert in history). She trained with the National Wildlife Federation as a Habitat Host Steward, produced a fundraiser for Rang-Ton Asian Elephant Camps to create national standards for elephant rescue facilities, designed a plan with WWF to lessen the impact of safari/tourism affecting reproduction in wildlife and education to locals, was the Chair of the Wildlife Committee of the Sierra Club in Puget Sound WA, that focused on the reintroduction of the grey wolf. She also is part of NDART (National Disaster Animal Response Team) planning, prevention, recovery, mitigation, logistics and operations in animal disaster rescues.

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Clayton Gibb

A Senior at UNC Asheville double majoring in Ecology and Environmental Biology and Music performance. He is an avid birder and a member of the UNC Asheville Audubon Chapter. He has worked as a banding technician at a few spring and fall migration bird banding stations in the greater Asheville area, and aims to pursue a career in ecological field research. After graduation he intends to gain experience in research settings and pursue masters programs.  

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