Michele Crist, of Boise, Idaho, is the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Central-North region and past president of Golden Eagle Audubon Society. Professionally, Michele is a landscape ecologist focused on developing landscape-scale modeling frameworks and restoration strategies for sagebrush lands, forests, and wildlife habitats. She presently works at the National Interagency Fire Center. Michele holds a master’s of science degree in landscape ecology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Georgia, Athens. She loves birding, hiking, photography, skiing, camping and spending time with her family.