Docent in the Spotlight: Fall/Winter 2013


A PhD economist, Joyce Pickersgill spent much of her career as a full professor at Cal State Fullerton before launching her own successful consulting firm. With more free time on her hands after retirement, Joyce became involved with San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. A docent and SELC board member, Joyce has been leading walks in the lagoon on a monthly basis for two years, even during the summer months when the school programs come to a halt. A lover of all animals, Joyce is always surprised by how fearful the general population is of snakes. “I try to address this fear and put people at ease about being in nature,” notes Joyce. “I explain why an encounter would be unlikely, but I also provide a few safety tips should they come across a snake.”

In addition to being a reliable second Saturday walk leader, Joyce serves on two Conservancy board committees: Governance and Nomination and Habitat Acquisition and Restoration. She also volunteers with County of San Diego at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, greeting guests, pointing out the various trails and simply sharing her knowledge and appreciation of the lagoon with visitors. To further fulfill her love of nature and animals, Joyce volunteers at San Diego Zoo Safari Park dispensing interesting facts about a wide range of animals, including orangutans, condors and elephants. Joyce is a competitive bridge player, and enjoys Scrabble, reading, and socializing with the Newcomers of San Dieguito. Thank you, Joyce, for your contributions as a board member and docent, and for ensuring that our second Saturday walks at the nature center are always an enjoyable experience.