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Aimee Weldon was born and raised on a small hobby farm in rural Minnesota where she first fostered her interest in nature and conservation in the fields, forests, and ponds surrounding her home. After earning a Biology degree at a small Minnesota college, she spent two years exploring the field of conservation biology in various research positions throughout the United States. These positions ranged in focus from the effects of climate change in Midwestern forests and prairies to habitat fragmentation in coastal sage scrub and Southeastern pine forests to animal behavior. Although interested in the conservation of all wildlife, she quickly realized a special affinity for birds and went on to earn a Masters degree in Ecology at North Carolina State University where she studied the effects of habitat corridors on the nest success of Indigo Buntings and other birds. For the past 2.5 years, she has been working for the National Audubon Society in Richmond, Virginia where she coordinates the Virginia Important Bird Areas (IBA) program. This program is part of a global effort to identify, prioritize, and then work to conserve the most essential habitats for birds. In her spare time, Aimee enjoys traveling, art, reading, spending time outdoors, and playing with her two cats.