A Note from the New Editor

National Wildlife magazine's new editor, Jennifer Wehunt, joins the masthead with her frog goggles handy

  • Jennifer Wehunt, Editorial Director
  • Conservation
  • Jul 04, 2023

Jennifer Wehunt, National Wildlife magazine's new editor, and her two dogs explore the New England coast.

WELL, HELLO! Jennifer Wehunt here, writing with immense gratitude and a healthy dose of awe as I step into the role of National Wildlife® editorial director.

In some ways, I’ve been part of this community for a while. Like many of you, I grew up as a Ranger Rick® kid, and what I read in those pages influenced how I saw the world—especially the egrets and turtles populating the creek behind my childhood home. I think of that perspective as wearing my frog goggles, and since joining the National Wildlife Federation in February, I’ve been noticing wildlife everywhere. This heightened awareness of what’s around me makes for a great work perk.

We’ve got plenty to catch your eye in this issue, from the burrowing owls carving out space where they find it in suburban Florida to the science of same-sex behavior among animals. You’ll also meet humans caring for their surroundings, including Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee people and the righteous fourth-grade hero Bobbi Wilson.

These people and critters make up our shared environment. Here at the magazine, we share the work and play, too. I’m thankful to this team—David, Delaney, Dirk, Haley, Julianne, Kim, Laura and Max—for welcoming and orienting me, and to Lisa Moore, my predecessor, who copiloted this issue with me, with grace and generosity. What a season of abundance. Happy summer, all.

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