Citlally Fabela

Citlally Fabela (they/them) is the Forestry Program Coordinator at Openlands and works with Treekeepers and community members primarily on the Southwest side. Citlally believes that green spaces on the Southwest Side should be more accessible for community members, as they have the right to clean air and water, and that BIPOC should have equal opportunities to pursue their passions in nature, conservation, and environmental justice. Citlally is an advocate for birds and is an active volunteer with Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, which is an organization that rescues birds struck by windows to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Citlally is also a taxidermist and prepares study skins for the collections facility at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum while also educating youth who visit the museum about the importance of collections for research purposes. Citlally became a bird walk leader after training with the Chicago Audubon Society Bird Walk Leader Training Program, and they lead queer, BIPOC bird walks in the city to get people interested in birding. Citlally holds a BS in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University.

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