A Massachusetts native, Janet admired the flora and fauna of her suburban surrounds from an early age. A seventh grade teacher inspired her interest in life sciences, which she has pursued in a variety of ways over the past several decades. She has a Medical Degree, and practiced psychiatry for about 10 years before leaving to raise her children full-time. She founded and led a 4H Birding and Nature Club, and set up and monitored a 30 nesting box Cavity Nesting Project. In 2004, she launched Animal Trackers of New England (formerly Nashaway Trackers), a group of wildlife enthusiasts who track for fun, and occasionally provide data to local conservation organizations. Janet has led many walks for both adults and children, and has given several wildlife tracking presentations. In 2013, she completed a master’s degree in Conservation Biology, and in 2014 she earned a Level III CyberTracker certificate. She currently authors this blog, One Acre Farm. In addition to tracking, she enjoys camera trapping, forages for edible wild plants, keeps chickens, and gardens for food and for wildlife.
Having grown up in a household where fried bluegill, bobcat stew, and squirrel sandwiches were featured menu items, Susan became comfortable with all things outdoors at an early age. Her first pets included raccoons, chipmunks, armadillos, and various reptiles and amphibians. As an adult, she volunteered at her children’s schools in Texas and Massachusetts whenever an opportunity arose to teach kids about nature. Over the past 10 years, she has studied tracking, as a member of Animal Trackers of New England, and attended workshops taught by a number of expert trackers. She has also led local tracking outings for both children and adults, with community, scouting, and other groups. One of her favorite hobbies is mammal photography using motion-detecting cameras.