Kalamazoo native Amelia Hansen worked with SWMLC on past creative projects before being hired as Communications Specialist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University and has been an independent professional illustrator and designer since 1989, focusing on science and nature subjects for books, magazines, children’s picture books, interpretive exhibits, and murals. Amelia was recently chosen by Environment for the Americas to be the 2015 International Migratory Bird Day Artist, illustrating materials that are used throughout the Western Hemisphere. Joining SWMLC’s staff has provided her with a wonderful opportunity for creative outreach within the conservation field. Amelia and her husband Paul live in a rural part of Kalamazoo County with a flock of pet chickens and several lazy cats.