October is an AmeriCorps Volunteer for Environmental Education at PVAS. She attended South Dakota State University for B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife & Fisheries Science. Throughout her college education, she worked on a variety of raptor-related research projects, including Red-tailed Hawks and Northern Saw-whet Owls in South Dakota and Peregrine Falcons, American Kestrels, and Barn Owls in Virginia. She has done a variety of bird banding, including songbirds, raptors, and woodpeckers. She has also completed internships at wildlife rehabilitation centers in Washington and Oregon. Her M.S. thesis was on grassland bird habitat in South Dakota. October is passionate about wildlife photography and using photography as an educational tool.