Ira Shadis grew up in the arms of the Winooski River; home up in the headwaters, school on the main stem, and summer days swimming in the Mad. His professional life has focused on the cross section of environmental stewardship, education, and communication. These days he focuses on turning the Mad River Watershed into a sponge and building resilience into the landscape.
Lisa Koitzsch grew up in the mountains of Switzerland and moved to the Upper Valley in Vermont when she was 12 years old. She went to college in Baltimore, MD and worked for a non-profit in Washington DC for several years but the Mad River Valley has been her home since 2002. Every winter, she and her husband Ky travel to Yellowstone and Isle Royale National Parks for several months to work as wildlife biologists studying predators (wolves) and their prey (elk & moose). In the summer, Lisa loves to explore the upper reaches of the Mad River Watershed with her dog, Phoebe, looking for neotropical migratory birds and moose.
Lisa lives in the Mill Brook subwatershed.
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