"Hi, my name is Rebecca Perruci and I am so excited to become a part of the New Jersey Audubon community this year! I have always been fascinated with the animal kingdom and enjoy being out in nature. I pursued these interests with a degree in Zoo and Wildlife Biology from Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Being surrounded by wonderful teachers, mentors, and friends, I couldn’t help but be encouraged in my love for birds and birding. After graduating in 2016, I decided to channel my desire to help birds into the field of zoo-keeping. I have been working as a bird keeper at the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Gulf Breeze, Florida, for almost two years. My time at the zoo has helped me discover that what I love most of all, though, is teaching people about animals and the natural world around them. It is my goal to share my love of birds through public education, so as to inspire the next generation of biologists and conservationists. When I’m not out birding—which, admittedly, is most of the time—I can be found trail running, painting and drawing, and spending time with my Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot."