Welcome to FOW’s new newsletter team

Please welcome our new newsletter team members, Tara Murphy and Phil Rosner!

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Tara Murphy

Tara Murphy is a native of Staten Island, NY but is no stranger to the beauty of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. In 2015, she served as a Visitor Services Intern with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and assisted both Refuge staff and the Friends of Wertheim in educational programming and hosting International Migratory Bird Day. Tara holds a B.A. in Ecosystems & Human Impact from Stony Brook University and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning from American Public University. She has applied her passions for wildlife and education to a career with NYC Parks as an Urban Park Ranger and later, as a Wildlife Field Technician monitoring urban wildlife trends for policy development. Tara has returned to Brookhaven and resides with her husband and their leopard gecko, Lenni, in Center Moriches. She looks forward to kayaking, wildlife viewing, and connecting with you!

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Phil Rosner and family

Phil Rosner is a proposal manager for engineering firms. He brings to the team a decade of experience in graphic design and copy editing. A local resident, he is passionate about photography, with a particular interest in photographing flowers and birds, and is an avid gardener. Phil can often be found hiking with his camera at Wertheim. He holds a degree in US Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior from Rutgers University.