Kinner Ingram was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. He has always viewed Roanoke as the gateway to southwest Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech, which is “just 45 minutes up the road from Roanoke.” He started out majoring in wildlife science, then gravitated towards a Conservation major that was “more hands-on." During his undergraduate years he worked each summer at a regional wildlife rehabilitation operation. “I have always enjoyed watching animals in their natural habitats,” he said. He found that working in wildlife rehabilitation helped him learn many of the small adaptations that help animals do what they need to do.
What is the most amazing thing you have experienced in nature?
Kinner described two experiences that immediately came to mind. “We were conducting a prescribed burn in a field and I saw a turtle digging a hole to escape the heat,” he said. “And while it was painful, I also remember very clearly when I was bitten by an owl when I worked in animal rehabilitation.” He also recalled what it was like as a teenager sitting in a tree stand in the early morning hours and “watching the world come alive around me.”
Consistent with his fascination with nature, Kinner recounted a time during his wildlife rehab experience when a woodpecker was brought in but did not survive. The vet on duty performed an autopsy and showed the employees how a woodpecker’s tongue is exceptionally long and wraps around its skull as a cushion when the woodpecker is drilling holes.
What is something you would like to share with ORMN members?
Kinner recently became the ORMN chapter advisor. He shared several things about himself that he wanted our members to know:
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