Meet the Crew!

Crew Leaders:

Adolf Zollinger

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I’m Adolf Zollinger, and I am a sophomore at Jamestown Community College. I am a part of the Environmental Science program, and plan on transferring to SUNY ESF to continue learning about the natural world. Besides working with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in 2015, I also worked as a field biologist for Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc. Last summer, I had the opportunity to be one of the crew members of Project Wild America, and am returning this year as a crew leader. I’m excited to see what we will be able to accomplish this summer!


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Hi! My name is Heather Zimba, and I am a sophomore at Jamestown Community College.  I’m currently studying environmental science. After JCC, I plan to continue my education and obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology, and eventually become a conservation biologist. I am very excited to be a part of Project Wild America this year.  I think participating in Project Wild America will be a great opportunity to teach environmental stewardship, conduct interesting surveys, and learn more about the local flora and fauna in the Jamestown area.


                        Crew Members:

Tiffany Donaldsonme

How-do-you-do! I’m Tiffany Donaldson and I am a crew member of this year’s Project Wild America. After this summer, I will be a freshman at JCC. During this time, I will be studying to achieve my bachelors degree in conservation biology. After two years at JCC, I plan on transferring to ESF. When I heard about this opportunity, I knew this was exactly something I wanted to do, and I was lucky enough to get a position! I love nature and wildlife and I cannot wait to see what this program and summer has to offer. I’m very excited and curious to see what plant and animal species are right in my own backyard!

Anthony Clavell

Top of the Morning! My name is Anthony Clavell and this year will be my first year Tony bio pictureentering Project Wild America through the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. In the fall, I will then be a senior at Jamestown High School. In the past, I have taken part in many activities and summer camp at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center. Last year I naturally took AP Environmental and expanded my knowledge in nature. Following my ultimate graduation of high school I intend to study in marine biology and soon learn more about what marine ecosystems contribute to the world.


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Hey there! My name is Emma Wade and I’m 17 years old. I will be a senior at Clymer Central School in the fall. I plan on pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine after high school. I am excited to be a part of Project Wild America through the Roger Tory Peterson Institute so that I can learn more about the ways in which nature and animals coincide with everyday life. I hope to gain a deeper comprehension of local nature all while enjoying the company of people who feel the same way about conservation and the importance of preservation.



Morgan MotherwellIMG_2033 (1)

Hello there! My name is Morgan Motherwell and I am recent graduate of Sherman Central School. In August, I will begin a four year Undergraduate Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology to study biological sciences. As of now, I hope to earn my PhD in a concentration of biology, in order to conduct research, do field studies and possibly even become a professor. Since I was little, I have always be interested in insects, plants and animals. Today, you can still find me in the forest, in fields and even in my own backyard, in search of uncovering species I have yet to see. Project Wild America has given me a unique opportunity to do just that, while also helping to conserve our local wildlife, and educating the community on what’s present in our own community. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful program, and can’t wait to be continuously amazed by the world around us.

Michael Christy michael

Greetings! My name is Michael Christy. I am a recent graduate of Frewsburg Central School and I am planning to study Environmental Sciences at Jamestown Community College this fall of 2016. I have always loved nature for as far back as I can remember. Whether it is hunting, fishing or just taking a walk in the woods, I have always found an interest in what is in our backyard. Thus, Having the opportunity to be a part of  project wild America has been nothing but rewarding.


Griffin Noon


Yello! My name is Griffin Noon and I am eager to begin my second summer working with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the Project Wild America crew. I have recently graduated from Jamestown High School and plan on attending Mercyhurst University in the fall to major in Intelligence Studies. This project means a lot to me because I’ve lived in Jamestown my entire life and have sadly failed to acknowledge the Chadakoin as the natural beauty it is.  Up until last year I would’ve never known how many species not only live in the river but thrive there. I’m glad I have the chance to learn more myself and also help the community appreciate the Chadakoin’s inherent beauty. 🙂

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Salutations! I’m Drew P. Simmons, a Senior at Jamestown High School. I’ve always liked being outside and swimming and searching around for little animals. I heard about this job, and was very excited to join.  It seemed like a perfect fit for me. This project is important, as it helps me to appreciate the natural beauty of the ecosystems around this area, and show others to value it too. My future plans are vague, but I hope to be involved in the natural sciences later in my life.

Erros Quiñones

We out here! I’m Erros Y. Quiñones and I will be returning this summer to work on project wild America and pick up from where we left off last summer with more experience and knowledge. I have just graduated from Jamestown High School and will be a freshman at Jamestown Community College this upcoming fall. I will be stFile_00Errosudying engineering science while attending there on a full tuition scholarship and hope to transfer to a prestigious university afterwards to complete my bachelor of science degree in engineering. I have plans on continuing my education and working towards a PhD., focusing on biophysics and engineering, to hopefully one day become a successful scientist, biophysicist, and inventor. I have always had an insatiable curiosity for nature, the diverse creatures that its spawns, how it works, and why its work the way it does. Since my childhood, nature and the environment has always intrigued me and working with my hands, building, and inventing has always been my favorite past time. I hope this summer I am able to apply my experience, knowledge, skills, and curiosity to further this ongoing conservation and educational project. I am very excited for this summer and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside the great people of and in the facilities of the world renowned Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.