Learn, Participate, Conserve
Naturedigger's founder, Tara Johnson, is a veteran environmental scientist and avid birder, who, throughout her 20+ year career has been employed in both private and public sectors. Naturedigger is a reflection of her interests which include threatened and endangered species, invasive species monitoring and control, citizen science participation and nature education.
Her career began in the early 90s in Florida with threatened species conservation including gopher tortoise relocations and Florida scrub jay surveys. Throughout her career she has conducted wetland delineations, monitoring and replications and has been involved in every level of construction compliance from permitting to developing guidance documents. She is an invasive species consultant, educator, grant writer and program planner. Tara travels throughout the country collecting data and photos for Naturedigger apps, spending much of her time in California, New England and Florida. She not only promotes the important work of citizen science, but is an active one herself. She has been a volunteer invasive weed watcher since 2001 and became a certified invasive weed diver in 2014. She has been educating homeowners and the public about upland and aquatic invasive species through community outreach events and the Naturedigger website since 2012.