Esta Lee Albright is an integral part of the team at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
She started volunteering for PEEC in 2006, after moving to Los Alamos from Monterey, Calif. Initially, Albright worked mainly with the animal exhibits, and later she took over the task of editing Nature Notes, PEEC’s quarterly newsletter.
Albright had been on the board of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society and worked part time for 25 years as a whale watch naturalist, but she said she wanted to learn about mountains and canyons. “I wandered in when Chick Keller was covering the nature center, and he gave my daughter Heather and me a first-class tour,” Albright said in an interview with PEEC. “I wanted to know how I could volunteer, and I became a member of the Board for two years. I tried to learn fast.”
She first began volunteering to care for the live animal exhibits. In Monterey, she was a “surrogate mom” for orphan sea otter pups in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, she said she enjoys relating wildlife with their habitats.