Wildlife Vocalizations: Jacob Powers

Powers is inspired by his family and driven to make them proud

Wildlife Vocalizations is a collection of short personal perspectives from people in the field of wildlife sciences.

My biggest inspiration is my family. My father was a pipefitter and my mother a Filipino immigrant, who came to the United States for better opportunities.

Powers with Roker, the barred owl at Burgess Falls State Park. Courtesy of Presley Powers

After high school, I spent four years in the Marine Corps. College classes, especially math, were difficult after such a long time out of school. However, I knew I would never give up because I wanted my parents to see that I could take care of myself, and that they did not have to worry about me anymore.

Powers backpacked in the Great Smoky Mountains. Courtesy of Presley Powers

Now, I am a graduate of Tennessee Tech, an environmental scientist for the state of Tennessee, am continuing my education by pursuing my master’s at Tennessee State University, and have a wonderful wife and home.

Keep pushing, and you can do anything. Don’t be discouraged if it takes you a little longer than you’d like to reach your destination, and do your best to enjoy the journey.

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Header Image: Powers poses with some of his favorite guidebooks: Sibley Birds East and The Fishes of Tennessee. Courtesy of Haley Martin