We’re excited to introduce you to one of our newest team members, Elaine Ross! Elaine grew up in Southwest Houston and fostered her love for nature in the protected areas on the Gulf Coast. She double-majored in Poultry Science and Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University. She has worked with a variety of birds ranging from Green Jays to Amethyst Sunbirds. Additionally, she received her master’s degree in Tourism Management at Colorado State University. She enjoys spending her free time with her horses and birding. Elaine is passionate about conservation and excited to support the mission of Houston Audubon.
Elaine answered a few questions for us so everyone can get to know her a little better.
1. What’s your job title?
I am the Operations Administrator and based out of the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary.
2. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza!! It has so much variety. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert!
3. What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your office or kitchen window?
I am so lucky to be able to work at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, because I can get some major birding in by just looking out the window.
4. What is your favorite way to stay active?
I love variety and constantly changing it up. My foundation is weight lifting, yoga, and outdoor cardio.
5. What is your favorite city that you have visited?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is my favorite city, because I love the culture and how nature and city blend together. It was incredible to see a large amount of biodiversity, history, and culture throughout the city.
6. What was your first job?
My first job was exercising horses for others and pet sitting.
7. What is your favorite animal?
I love the Atlantic spotted dolphin. They are breathtaking beautiful and intelligent.
8. What is your favorite thing about your career?
I get to be a spokesperson for birds as they cannot speak for themselves and can truly make a difference.
9. What makes you laugh the most?
Animals running all around. I laugh a lot when I take my dog to a dog park and seeing them play.
10. Do you have any pets?
I have a dog named Ohana from the Houston SPCA and an indoor cat named Pluto. I have two parakeets, Kona and Maui. Additionally, I have two horses named Amber and Baby Girl.
Please join us in welcoming Elaine to the Houston Audubon team. Be sure to say hello if you stop by Edith Moore!