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American Bird Conservancy

Chloe is the Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator for American Bird Conservancy and oversees the outreach efforts of the SPLASh program. Chloe earned a B.S in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and previously worked as a sea turtle researcher and extension program assistant. Chloe loves being outside and getting others excited about the coast and all the wildlife that lives there.


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Liz is the Texas Coastal Education Specialist overseeing all of SPLASh’s educational programming. She earned a B.S. in Marine Science-Biology at the University of Tampa. As an educator, she is passionate about making the science field accessible and engaging for students of all ages and backgrounds.



Celeste is the Education and Outreach Manager at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and assists in the the educational and outreach efforts of the SPLASh program. Previously a bird monitor and an environmental educator, Celeste loves teaching others about wildlife and the problem of trash pollution.


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Anna Deichmann
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Black Cat GIS

Black Cat GIS was founded in 2016 by Amanda Hackney to provide solutions to the geospatial demands of the conservation and business communities. Ms. Hackney has over 10 years of experience in the natural resources and GIS fields. A native of Nacogdoches Texas, her research specialties include:  monitoring of endangered species, GPS field work, colonial waterbirds, coastal restoration projects, conservation based education programs, GIS analyses of coastal bird habitats/ estuarine erosion, and marine debris movement and accumulation in waterways.


Anna is the Gulf Coastal Program Director at American Bird Conservancy (ABC). She has a B.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Science and an M.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University-Commerce. With a focus on ornithology, Anna worked as a Coastal Waterbird field technician and Osprey monitor for Massachusetts Audubon Society before moving to the Gulf Coast. For the past ten years she has worked along the upper Texas coast helping to protect, restore and steward coastal habitats, and educate the public about local bird conservation initiatives. 


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Sarah Belles
American Bird Conservancy

As American Bird Conservancy’s Gulf Coast Avian Ecologist, Sarah works with local and regional partners to monitor and protect nesting shorebirds and seabirds, as well as migrating and wintering shorebirds. She also helps promote and implement local Bird City Texas initiatives and conservation efforts. Sarah earned a B.S. in Ecology for Environmental Science from the University of North Texas and has since gained experience monitoring a variety of bird species in several different places and habitat types across the country. When Sarah is not in the field protecting wildlife she enjoys being outdoors, birding, and exploring natural areas with friends!


Cindy Menjivar is a Senior Graphic & Web Designer and Creative Director at Kardia Design Studio. Cindy began working with the American Bird Conservancy in 2020 to lead creative design direction for the SPLASh program. A native of Houston, Texas, nature lover, and a longtime visitor of the Gulf Coast and Galveston area, Cindy is passionate about advocating for ocean and nature conservation. 



SPLASh was launched in 2020 through a partnership between American Bird Conservancy, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and Black Cat GIS. Click on the logos below to visit each partner's website.

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