I am continuing our Naturalists introductions…..

My name is Heather Mack. I’m from Swansea, South Carolina. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Charleston Southern University. I am excited to be a part of the Barrier Island program because I am ready to put my biology knowledge to good use and I am also ready to learn new things and share with the students that will be arriving soon. Activities I enjoy doing are traveling, kayaking, hiking, camping and craft making. A favorite quote of mine is from Wayne Thiebaud and goes like this, “”If we don’t have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective.”

Hello! My name is Nathaniel Hernandez! I’ve been born and raised in New Jersey, though my travels have taken me to places such as Arizona and Colorado. BI-Week2-17I studied biology at Cornell University to pursue my passion for wildlife, especially birds. Spending time with wildlife is one of my pastimes but I do enjoy reading books and writing. Since a Barrier Island Naturalist learns so much and works with animals, this has made it a very exciting position to look forward to. I’m also excited to get to meet many people: both naturalist and student alike! A favorite quote of mine comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic work, The Lord of the Rings, ““It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”

Hey my name is Toby Armellino. FirstDayofBarrierIsland-14I am from Rome, Georgia. I went to college at Shorter University which is also in Rome, Georgia. While at Shorter I got a degree in History and Political Science. I am excited about working at Barrier Island because it gives me the opportunity of fostering a better understanding of and love for nature in the kids, and also getting to be around our animals. When I am not working I enjoy swimming, reading- I am a massive book nerd, and drinking way to much coffee. A favorite quote of mine is, “Cherish every moment and every person in your life, because you never know when it will be the last time you see someone.”