Lora enjoys travel, horseback riding, and working with people to protect wildlife habitat. She grew up on Puget Sound and her love of oceans led to graduate work and a career focused on water birds. Her seabird work took her from Washington coastal islands to the Gulf of Alaska and back.
Lora is a member of the Pacific Seabird Group and initiated the Marbled Murrelet technical committee. When she began her 33-year career with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, she felt fortunate to be one of the first non-game biologists in a new program aimed at conserving wildlife diversity. She helped write the first state plan to protect rare species and keep common species common. She later moved to North Puget Sound as District Wildlife Biologist and then Wildlife Program Manager, a job that included land acquisition and enhancement for wildlife and recreation. She has been a partnership coordinator with Pacific Birds since 2010.