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Michele Felix-Derbarmdiker

Position: Naturalist

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Michele Felix-Derbarmdiker is a Naturalist for the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District. She joined the team in 2017. Michele is a certified California Naturalist who received her B.S in Biological Science with a concentration in Conservation Biology from the University of California Riverside in 2010. She started her career working as a field assistant for the University of California Riverside Center for Conservation Biology. After finishing her degree she served as a field biologist for the Santa Ana Watershed Association (SAWA), the County of Riverside and several environmental consulting firms. Michele now uses her background to manage our Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center in Temescal Valley. There she helps educate the public about the natural history, ecology, flora and fauna of Temescal Valley and Southern California. In addition to her work at the center, Michele is part of the RCRCD education team where she assists with the Santa Ana Citizen Science Network, outreach and other the various educational events hosted by the RCRCD. 

Michele was born and raised in Riverside and still resides there with her husband and children. Growing up her idol was the Crocodile Hunter and she dreamed of traveling the world saving wildlife from extinction. As she grew and learned more about the unique habitats and wildlife that reside in Southern California, she knew there was important work to be done locally. She strives to educate and inspire every member of the public to care about the unique ecosystems, plants and animals that call California their home. One day she hopes to travel the world with her camera and bring back conservation ideas from many cultures and help adapt them locally.