Victoria A. Walsey

 

Without question, my fascination with nature stems from my father.  In my culture, it is not allowed for females to participate in activities as hunting and fishing.  However, it was my mission to get as much exposer in those areas as possible at my father’s side.  My father, being very traditional, was very strict in allowing me to participate in activities associated with fishing and hunting.  This is where my love of nature started. 

 

I soon continued this in my education and career as a spotted owl technician with the Yakama Nation Wildlife Department.  This allowed me to participate and work on projects I would never have access to outside of Wildlife.  I stared out on the spotted owl program and eventually was able to work on various projects: wild horses, carnivores, bats, and waterfowl.  My last project was on the population of Bobolinks found on the Yakama Reservation. 

 

Having the opportunity to work with my tribal Wildlife program allowed me to experience various levels of resource management.  This has contributed to my educational career especially my graduate work focusing on the management practices behind Indigenous entities and how cultural values and traditional knowledge is utilized.  As ecosystems change and are lost, conservation is a common issue for tribal nations.  A greater concern is the loss of knowledge that is based on ecosystems these are becoming increasing important as many tribal nations are experiencing climate change.  More attention has been given to Indigenous traditional knowledges as co-management systems have been implemented to improve conservation efforts.  A major problem is how much of the Indigenous Knowledge is applicable toward climate change and can that be implemented successfully?

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