A son of Mexican immigrants from the sugar cane and agave fields of the state of Jalisco, Refugio was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He joined Audubon in July 2019 as Wild Indigo Coordinator in Lake County, IL where he worked to make nature more accessible to communities of color. Currently, he serves as Conservation Data Coordinator managing ecological datasets crucial to Audubon Great Lakes's wetlands restoration work. He is a former educator and a volunteer for the Lake County Forest Preserves, as well as a board member of the Lake County Audubon Society. He received his bachelor's degree in geography with a minor in environmental science from DePaul University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in mapping at the University of Kentucky.
To reach Refugio, please email him at Refugio.Mariscal@audubon.org