Even as a child, Paige Davis knew that animals and wildlife would have a very important place in her life. Today, Paige is a naturalist for the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Missouri. After graduating with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University, Paige decided that her mission in life was to educate the public about wildlife and the environment. She pursued her passion and has never looked back. Paige loves all species, from mammals to reptiles, but birds of prey are her passion.
What drives your passion for being a naturalist?
Being a naturalist means that I not only care for the permanent resident animals who live at the bird sanctuary, but I also work in the education department teaching the public about birds. Education is so important, for adults and children alike. There are many things people simply aren't aware of. By educating the public about important issues, we can truly make a difference in the world.
My anthem song is __________.
Just Dance by Lady Gaga!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I have ever received was to do what you are passionate about. When it comes to the wildlife field, it definitely is not about the money. You have to care about the work you are doing. I would rather wake up everyday working with some of the most amazing animals and people with less money than be rich with a job I hated.
If I wasn’t a naturalist, I would be a...
If I wasn't a naturalist, I would probably be a paleontologist. Ever since I saw the movie Jurassic Park as a child, that is the profession I wanted to be. What's cooler than digging up dinosaur bones?? Dinosaurs are some of the most interesting creatures to learn about.
Pick 5 adjectives that describe you best.
I would say I am: inquisitive, adventurous, corny, stubborn, and expressive
What is your Zevia flavor?
Cream soda is definitely my favorite flavor.
What’s your favorite quote?
"In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."
Who’s your hero?
My hero is Steve Irwin. He educated the world about how amazing animals are, while encouraging us that no matter who you are, you can make a difference in the world.