Introduction: Joe Mendoza

Hello! My name is Joe Mendoza and I am a proud latino currently enrolled in the Wildlife Conservation Bachelor’s program at Cal Poly Humboldt. I plan to use this knowledge to pursue a career as a Field Biologist who specializes in studying herpetofauna, mammals, and marine mammals as well as the overall ethology of many other species and walks of life that inhabit our beautiful planet! I am looking forward to this summer as I will be interning at none other than Whiskeytown National Recreation Area where I will  engage with the public and help educate them on the the area’s local bird and fish species!

Why wildlife?

As a kid, I was always interested in wildlife and cherished my trips to the local zoo when I got the opportunity to see things I could only dream of. This led me down the path I am at today. When it came down to deciding what I wanted to do for a career, I thought that the most suitable choice would be to become a Field Biologist who studies wildlife in their natural habitats. Cal Poly Humboldt’s Wildlife program has only enhanced my passion and drawn out that special feeling that really makes studying wildlife something I want to strive for!

One of my favorite herpetofauna species would be the California Giant Salamander. These Salamanders are some of the largest terrestrial salamanders the world has to offer not to mention that they are one of the coolest species of California! 

I am very excited to work with everyone and am looking forward to meeting everyone in person. I also look forward to working with officials and the general public on wildlife and conservation and having the chance to learn new skills that will last a lifetime!

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