North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College biology alumna making career in avian research

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Dana Ripper, a 1998 biology alumna of North Central College, is making a career of avian research, conservation and education.

The Naperville Sun recently featured Ripper and her work with the Missouri River Bird Observatory, an organization she co-founded.

“We officially started Missouri River Bird Observatory last year as a natural outgrowth of research projects we were already doing in central Missouri,” Ripper told The Sun. “While still being a field biologist on a daily basis, I am also the organization’s accountant and equally share all duties involved with public outreach and education programs.”

Missouri River Bird Observatory co-founder Ethan Duke said Ripper’s “extensive knowledge and experience cannot be overlooked as cornerstone of the organization’s success.”

Ripper called her experience at North Central “superior,” saying, “North Central College is very focused on academics and has a very welcoming feel to it, to students from all walks of life.” She said liked “the size of the school, the campus with its older buildings, and the fact that it’s right in downtown Naperville.”

Ripper holds a master’s degree from Arkansas State University. She is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School.