Docent in the Spotlight: Fall / Winter 2012

Linda Jones shares her birding expertise at Wings Over Wetlands Family Discovery Days in 2012.


Linda Jones’ career with the National Marine Fisheries Service took her to the Northwest where she studied killer whales and the effects of high seas drift nets on mammals and birds, and to the Arctic where she studied bowhead whales. Upon retiring, Linda returned to San Diego where she had been a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Before long, she reunited with former graduate friend and current SELC board member and docent, Elizabeth Venrick, who encouraged Linda to join her on Monthly Bird Counts. That was back in 2007—fast forward to 2012. Linda not only continues to do the Conservancy’s Monthly Bird Counts, she also serves as a board member, docent, committee member on The Campaign for Gateway Park, chair for Birds of a Feather Gala decorating committee, and co-founder of the successful debut in 2012 of Summer Evening Walks.

A scientist by training, Linda is always up for researching facts or carrying out mini-experiments, as she did to determine the best technique for dying cloth using dried cochineal. The result became an activity at a Family Discovery Days event.

“I find it fun and challenging to share my knowledge about the history, plants, and animals of the lagoon. It’s really rewarding when you hear visitors say, ‘Gee, I never knew that’, or see them awaken and appreciate what we have right here in our backyard,” noted Linda. In addition to her volunteer work with the Conservancy, Linda is a Master Gardener and treasurer of a committee to establish an Encinitas community garden. She enjoys photography and travel, and pursues her lifelong interest in working with flowers as founder of Flora Linda Design, which offers unique floral arrangements for weddings and special events by incorporating local flowers.

We are extremely grateful for Linda’s many contributions to the Conservancy’s education programs and fundraising efforts.


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