Meet our staff! Walking Mountains staff is full of brilliant, interesting and funny individuals. We want the community that might not have a chance to work with them or participate in their program to get to know our staff. Trust us-- our staff makes all the difference! Join us Fridays for a new blog post. Click the tag at the bottom for more spotlights!
- How long have you lived in Eagle County? Where did you live before?
- What inspires you, in regards to your job?
- Where else in the community do you work or volunteer?
Between my work as an educator and working towards my Master's program, it is like having two full-time jobs. Unfortunately, I am finding it hard to work elsewhere in the community and volunteer my time. On the side, I am able to follow some of my other passions. I do some freelance writing and photography mainly revolving around the outdoor endurance community. You can see some of my nature photography work hanging on the walls of the new Borgen-Precourt Center for Sustainability and on my website! www.aidangoldie.com
- Whats your favorite way to spend time in the outdoors?
My passions in the outdoors lie in moving quickly and efficiently through the high mountains. Between trail-running and ski mountaineering, I like to stand atop Colorado's highest peaks during any time of the year.
- What is your favorite food?
My favorite type of food is really any type of wholesome and flavourful food. A great example of this type of cuisine is Nepalese food. You really can't go wrong with a carefully crafted mix of veggies and spices all atop some delicious rice, YUM!
- What is your favorite animal?
My favourite animal is the American Pika! This distant cousin of the rabbit is so well adapted to the harsh alpine ecosystem. I love watching these small mammals scamper around talus collecting alpine vegetation. The American Pika is also an indicator species, telling us a story about the health of our globe. Warming temperatures are threatening the American Pikas alpine habitat and unfortunately, the Pika would not be able to live anywhere else.
- What is your favorite science or nature fact?
With my background as an evolutionary biologist, I find any case study on parasite-mediated selection to be fascinating. Our local Brown-Headed Cowbirds are "brood parasites" that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. They displace the burden of caring for their young chicks onto other birds. Brown-Headed Cowbirds use that extra energy to lay even more eggs than their passerine counterparts. A Brown-headed Cowbird can lay around 40 eggs per year compared to a songbird that will lay at most 8 eggs per year!
- What is a fun or interesting fact about yourself?
This winter I will be getting a Professional Level Certification through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. Snow science is a big passion of mine and I am looking forward to gaining a greater understanding of the dynamic nature of our snowpack.