Craig Okraska, Wildlife Biologist/Project Manager

 

Craig has 10 years of experience as a wildlife biologist and researcher in a variety of subject areas and locations.  He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of West Georgia and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Georgia.  He has worked in both the academic and private sectors in conjunction with state and federal agencies in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, New York, throughout the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean.  His research and survey efforts include distribution mapping of the Wyoming pocket gopher and determining nest/brood-rearing habitat of greater sage-grouse.  He has also conducted a variety of research including demographic studies of the Mexican spotted owl, and relationships of small, meso, and large mammals as potential reservoirs for Johne’s disease, as well as monitoring ticks and tick-borne diseases.  He has experience implementing an array of capture and survey methods for threatened/endangered species, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and large carnivores.   Craig is certified by the Wildlife Society as an Associate Wildlife Biologist and is a member of Xi Sigma Pi.   His personal interests include photography, hunting, fishing, camping,  hiking, music, and primitive skills and technology including flint knapping.