Bobcat Lazing on Green River Shore
By Mark Allison
Just back from a 6-day canoe through Canyonlands on the Green River with the family. The above shot of the bobcat lazing about was late morning. The temperature was about 95 degrees…going up to 108 that day. We were very close–this was from a point and shoot from our canoe. Tons of cat prints on many of the sand bars, including some bigger ones we believe were mountain lions.
Mark has over twenty-five years of professional experience working with social-profit nongovernmental organizations in leadership positions, including nineteen years as executive director. Before joining New Mexico Wild, Mark’s activities focused on anti-poverty and social justice work, with an emphasis on developing permanent affordable housing for persons experiencing homelessness. Mark’s projects earned national recognition for modeling award winning sustainable “green” design. Mark subsequently led a national project team providing technical assistance and training to communities on community development. He has served on numerous national, regional, and local boards of directors.
Since coming to New Mexico Wild in 2013, Mark has been proud to lead a team that has helped secure numerous new protections for New Mexico’s land, water, and wildlife. Mark earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Illinois State University. Mark began visiting New Mexico in 1977 and moved here permanently in 1993. He resides in Albuquerque with his partner, Jenny Metzler, and his two sons, Levin and Jack. He believes passionately that we have a responsibility to permanently protect and preserve land, not only for us and our children to experience and enjoy, but for its own sake.