Sam grew up in Jasper, Florida. She loves being outdoors and working with her hands, so becoming a park ranger was a logical career move. She has worn multiple hats since she entered the Florida Park Service in 2013.
Samantha’s favorite bird is the American crow, often seen at the park. Other bird sightings at Gilchrist Blue include, swallow-tailed kites, wood storks, great blue heron, turkeys, bluebirds, anhingas, Mississippi kites and sometimes even a bald eagle!