Despite growing up in a big city, or perhaps because of it, Marta became fascinated with wildlife at a very young age. Seeing deer grazing at a local park, or hearing the howls of coyotes or the hoots of Great-horned Owls outside her bedroom at night were rare and special treats for a young girl living in Los Angeles.
After college, she volunteered as an environmental educator and interpretive ranger. She worked with the National Park Service and USFWS in Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska. Though she enjoyed guiding and teaching people about wildlife, she was itching to get some hands-on field work.
In 2000, she worked as a hack site attendant on The Peregrine Fund’s Aplomado Falcon restoration project. She was hooked! Ever since, she has been working as a biologist for The Peregrine Fund. She feels so privileged to have worked with some amazing species such as the Harpy Eagle, California Condor, Ridgway’s Hawk, and Orange-breasted Falcon.
Yoga and Writing
When not in the field, Marta finds solace and joy in her regular yoga practice. She wanted to share the benefits of yoga with as many people as possible. Thus, she obtained her certification as a yoga instructor through the Shanti Yoga School in Boise, Idaho. In 2013, she continued her training through Ananda Seva in Santa Rosa, California. She obtained her 500 hour certification with an emphasis in Yoga Therapy. She has worked with a number of private clients and small group classes. Focusing on Yoga Therapy, Marta has worked with individuals struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, eating disorders, and arthritis, among other conditions.
As a young girl, Marta developed a love for language. To this day, she enjoys reading books of all kinds and finds writing to be very therapeutic. She is the author of three bilingual children’s books and a novel entitled In All Things. She is currently working on two picture books that will help promote the conservation of the White-bellied Heron in Bhutan and the La Janda Lagoon in Spain, respectively.
In her years of experience as a field biologist, environmental educator, writer and yoga teacher, she has come to understand first hand that human health and the health of all living creatures are intrinsically interconnected. One cannot exist without the other. Sound science, environmental education, community involvement and empowerment are key for the well-being of all living things. This is the guiding principle behind Whitehawk and she is proud to be a part of this venture.