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Lynne Mann, Director, Treasurer

Lynne has lived in Santa Fe for 40 years and has been a passionate birder for decades.   Her love of wild birds led her to open the bird feeding store, Wild Birds Unlimited in 1993.   In 2008, after retiring from retail, she was pleased to join the dedicated volunteers of the Santa Fe Raptor Center.   Her greatest thrill is to watch the faces of folks who see our educational raptors up close at events --awestruck and fascinated sum it up when people gaze at these magnificent birds.

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Lynne Mann, Director, Treasurer SFRC
Lynne Richards, Director SFRC

Michele Plourde, President 

Michele joined the Board of the Santa Fe Raptor Center in 2012. She has lived in Santa Fe since 1997 when she moved here from Massachusetts where she spent most of her career working for a manufacturing company in various positions including sales, marketing, and product development. Upon arriving in Santa Fe she owned and operated the Painted dish, a paint your own pottery retail store. Upon retiring, she wanted to put her managerial skills to work in a local, small non-profit organization and found the SFRC to be a perfect fit.

Mario Garcia, Program Director

Mario is a Northern New Mexico native who grew up on a small family farm and orchard alongside the
Rio Grande. Here, his love and knowledge of nature was fostered by the riparian plants and animals that
surrounded him. Guided by his naturalist parents, and love for wildlife he knew early on that he wanted to be an advocate for healthy ecosystems. Mario received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Hawaii in Hilo. He has worked with the Santa Fe Raptor Center since 2019, first as a volunteer, now as the director of programs. He genuinely enjoys sharing stories and knowledge about raptors and believes that educating, especially the next generation of earth stewards, is an essential component to the work done at SFRC.

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Charlotte Cooke, Director

Charlotte's interest in birds started in the early 70's during a 3 month cross country bird-watching trip with a naturalist. She connected with the SFRC in 2005 during a 5 month stay of a Western Screech Owl in a box on her front portal. She currently works as a massage therapist. Her life-long love of and interest in raptors led her to work with the Santa Fe Raptor Center whose work she has long admired.

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 Santa Fe Raptor Center

PO Box 32021, Santa Fe, NM 87594-2021

(505) 699-0455

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Lori Paras, Executive Director of the San​ta Fe Raptor Center

Lori Paras

 Executive Director

San​ta Fe Raptor Center

Lori began The SFRC in 2004, after spending many years in raptor rescue and rehabilitation, working with Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, a well-known and highly respected wildlife veterinarian. She conducts all of the rehabilitation work on injured and orphaned raptors that come to the Center for care and operates the only licensed facility in the State of New Mexico that can care for Eagles.

Lori has been trained in animal anesthesiology and has assisted in a number of bird surgeries. 

President of the Board of Directors Michele Plourde


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