Hannah Batten (Museum and Field Assistant)

Hannah (she/her) was born and raised in Ventura County and has been surrounded by Ventura County’s open spaces her entire life. These open spaces were her favorite places to visit when she was young and cemented her decision to study environmental science in college. She has always had a love for animals but grew attached to birds specifically when she chose to survey them for her senior capstone project to understand how roads impact bird diversity and bird species richness. She graduated from California State University Channel Islands in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management and a minor in Creative Writing.

Hannah began working with the WFVZ in June 2023 as an intern monitoring nest boxes at the Cienega Springs Ecological Reserve in Fillmore. Alongside interning, she also volunteered at the museum, helping with numerous curatorial tasks and leading tours. Now Hannah works at the WFVZ as a museum and field assistant where she’s lucky enough to get to learn something new everyday!

Due to her great love of nature, Hannah hopes to continue protecting the environment, especially around Ventura County, for the enjoyment of future generations for years to come. When she’s not outdoors, she can be found reading or writing something whimsical with her cat beside her!