Sierra Taliaferro is a motivated outdoor educator and bird enthusiast with intentions to promote diversity in urban conservation, social justice and community advocacy. Her previous work experience consists of community engagement, urban agriculture, water conservation awareness, and land management practices. Her aim as a millennial in urban environmental conservation is to involve the public in decisions concerning natural landscapes through citizen stewardship and help bridge a lost connection between people and nature in an urban setting. She hopes to continue to make herself an advocate for diversity in conservation careers and to emphasize the importance of our natural resources surrounding our urban environments.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl? Early Bird
2 Are you pro- or anti-pun? Pro-pun
3 Do you have any pets? No
4 Do you have any science-themed home decor? No
5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?  Both
6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?  Both
7 Do you speak any other languages? Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese
8 If you could switch professions, what would you do? Farmer
9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?  Marine Science
10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go? Europe
11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?  Fly
12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?  Pasta Grannies, Ugly Delicious, and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat — I love food 🙂
13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?  Birding or going to the farmer’s market
14 What are three things you can’t live without? Chapstick, binoculars, and water
15 What beverage gives you life? Koolaid
16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you? Harry Potter
17 What did you want to be when you grew up? A nurse
18 What drives you and keeps you going? wildlife rescues/releases
19 What got you excited in science? Birds and animals
20 What excites you about science now? The continuous cycle of learning new facts/information
21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours? Cheetos puffs
22 What is a secret talent of yours? I don’t think I have one lol
23 What is your favorite game? Uno
24 What is the last book you read? The Hidden Life of Trees
25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received? No matter what we do in this lifetime, we never do it alone.
26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do? Skydiving
27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self? The power of Patience is worth the reward in the end.
28 What is the best way to de-stress? Birding/Hiking
29 What is the last thing you watched? Ugly Delicious
30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag? A kitten
31 What is your favorite animal?  Cat
32 What is your favorite book? Harry Potter
33 What is your favorite comfort food? Mac n Cheese
34 What is your favorite day of the year? Thanksgiving
35 What is your favorite plant? Sunflower
36 What is your favorite science fact? Asteraceae is the largest family of flowers
37 What is your favorite season? Summer
38 What is your favorite smell? Bacon and biscuits
39 What is your favorite sound? moving water
40 What is your favorite thing about yourself? My open-mindedness
41 What is your favorite word (in any language)? Bueno (Spanish), Abacaxi (Portuguese), Essentially (English)
42 What is your proudest moment? Graduating college
43 What kind of tree would you be? Red Oak/Quercus rubra
44 What’s the best thing about where you live? The tropical warm weather– the sun 🙂
45 Tell us something we probably don’t know. I was a regional state champion in my category for Forensics Impromptu speaking during my middle school years.
46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next? IG: @tiffroody (Tiffany Carey)