Ginny Short manages the Center for Natural Lands Management's (CNLM) Thousand Palms and McCallum Oases Preserve and the Dos Palmas Preserve. She also conducts conservation easement compliance activities on several conservation easements held by CNLM in the Coachella Valley. Joining CNLM in 2007, she brought with her over ten years of experience in biological monitoring, habitat restoration, and GIS and statistical analysis.
Ms. Short has particular expertise in wildlife ecology and has used educational, professional, and volunteer opportunities to focus on the science and practice of bird conservation, particularly with nocturnal and diurnal birds of prey. She has many years of monitoring experience, including surveying for least Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus), willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii), nesting birds, Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata) and rare plants such as the Coachella Valley milkvetch (Astragalus lentiginosus var. coachellae) and Mecca aster (Xylorhiza cognata). She also has many years of banding experience with terns, raptors, and songbirds. She is experienced in wildlife rehabilitation, with training as a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, CA. More recent interests include studying the reptiles and amphibians of southern California and the ecology and natural history of the Desert Pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius). Ginny has experience working with many listed and vulnerable species. She holds a Master Bander permit for Burrowing Owls and for running MAPS/MAWS stations.
Her extensive research on the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) has informed monitoring methods and conservation plans for this species and has been presented in numerous conference presentations and publications. Through her work with this species, Ms. Short has integrated research with conservation planning, and has engaged regulatory agencies, management agencies, and volunteers. Ms. Short received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from California State University, Long Beach, and completed her Master's degree in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology from the University of California, Riverside in 2008.
Land Steward – Dan Schoby
Mr. Schoby was born an raised in Southern California. His is the proud father of three children: Allen, Shauna and Scott and two great Granddaughters, Alexis and Jordyn.
He attended Fullerton College, Cerritos College and Chapman University where he majored in Business.
At the age of 15 he started working the grocery business at Alpha Beta Markets. Starting as a cleanup boy in the Meat Department he rose to District Manager of the General Merchandise Division. After 20 years with Alpha Beta he left to work at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals as a Distribution Manager. His last position at Kaiser was Fleet and Distribution Manager for the San Diego Region. He was responsible for the movement of all products to and from 15 Clinics and the Hospital. In addition he was co-manager of the Warehouse. After eight years he returned to the grocery business working for Food 4 Less Markets as a night Manager then as produce Manager. He worked there for 12 years before retiring. He joined us at at Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve as a Interpretive Ranger in 2018.