About jessie

An Amarillo native, I began filming wildlife under the name Texas Wild while attending West Texas A&M University where I obtained my Bachelors of Applied Arts & Science (focus in Wildlife Biology) and my Masters of Communications.  My video and photography works have been spotlighted online and on air by PBS, The Day tripper, The Red Stegall Show, Texas Parks and Wildlife,  Orianne Society,  International Herpetological Symposium, Texas Tourism, Texas Sierra Club, Region 16, USFWS, The Outbound, and Wild Texas Film Tour to name a few.  An avid traveler,  I often drive through the night to experience a fresh morning from another wild space. I camp in all weather conditions and enjoy hiking, spelunking, kayaking, canoeing and snorkeling.  My sleeping preference is under the open sky on a cot, on the ground or in a pick-up bed.  Traditionally, Texas is my playground but my home range extends beyond this vast state.

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Field experience

From leading a three-year trapping project to assisting as a field technician, I am well prepared to work independently and as a team in the field.  I gained experience on a variety of projects, and as a result, I am experienced with safe and ethical handling of small and mid-size mammals, venomous and non-venomous reptiles and amphibians. I have the ability to be active during all weather conditions and all terrains and habitats.  My CV is available on request or visit me on LinkedIn.

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Small mammal sampling

Lead a three year live-trapping study to examine changes in small mammal community composition, species richness, abundance and biomass following a catastrophic fire in the western most area of the Loblolly Pines at Bastrop State Park in Texas. 

Activities included establishing sampling transects, navigating with global positioning systems, handling, identifying and collecting morphological measurements and marking by fur clips of all captured mammals.

In addition to small mammal sampling, conducted spotlighting, road surveys, and track and sign surveys to determine species of mammals.


additional experience

Vaccinated and experienced in the sampling of handling, identifying and collecting morphological measurements of bats.  Sampled bats in numerous locations throughout Texas including mist netting, cave and building surveys and by use of thermal and infra-red cameras

Assisting with bobcat and Swainson’s hawk capture, handling, marking and attachment of radio transmitters.