|Connecting people with nature, Akimi King bands ducks with summer high school interns at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS|
Akimi King is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist at the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office in Oregon. She has a blast working on the Service’s Schoolyard Habitat and Connecting People with Nature programs.
5 questions for Akimi
1. Did you grow up in a city? If so, where, and what enabled you to develop a connection with nature? If not, why is urban outreach important to you?
I grew up in the big city of Los Angeles, California. My parents were instrumental in making my connection with nature through Girl Scouts, summer vacations, fishing, camping, hiking, and dirt-bike riding (before I knew better, in fragile desert and coastal habitats).
2. How did you keep a connection to nature while living in an urban area?
Neighborhood parks (catching tadpoles, frogs, lizards, fish, snakes, insects), gardening with my grandparents (seeing the importance of pollinators in our kitchen garden), my backyard (where I dug a pond to keep the fish), my back porch where I had a dozen terrariums for all the creatures I caught), and school (where a teacher incubated chicken eggs and I got to take home a chick, year after year. She also raised silk worms and we walked several blocks daily to collect mulberry leaves).