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Greg Whittaker

WhittakerGreg grew up on the family farm in upstate New York, inheriting a stewardship for nature and a lifelong appreciation for the wonders of water. Texas A&M University brought him to Galveston in 1985, which immediately became home. His professional animal care career began in 1988 at Sea Arama-Marineworld, and progressed through a stint at the Marine Biomedical Institute working with cephalopods, and finally taking on the animal care manager’s role for the first time as Moody Gardens’ Rainforest supervisor in 1993. In 1999, he took the opportunity to serve as site manager for marine mammal operations in Taiji, Japan and Beijing, China. In 2001, he assisted in the establishment of an open water marine mammal and small aquarium facility in Subic Bay, Philippines. He returned to Texas and re-established roots in the Galveston area as a new dad, and Moody Gardens Animal Husbandry Manager.

Since 2003, Greg has partnered with GINTC in presenting monthly birding 101 and birding 201 classes as a way to attract novice birders into the flock, and proudly boasts several hundred fledglings through that program. Greg has served as liaison to the Galveston County Audubon Group since they lost their previous meeting site during Hurricane Ike, and now serves as the group’s chair.

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