Hiram College
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Jim Metzinger, B.A.

Associate Director, James H. Barrow Biological Field Station


Hiram College (Biology), B.A.

I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and have lived here my entire life. I attended Hiram College and as a student I worked and lived at the Hiram College James H. Barrow Biological Field Station. It was here that I learned to love and respect nature from the great James H. Barrow himself. For over two decades I have worked in the animal care industry managing bird populations at both Sea World and the Akron Zoo. I now strive to pass this knowledge on to all students interested in the Field Station and its various activities. Research Interests Managing endangered captive bird populations for future reintroductions. Use of bio-filters in polishing water for captive animal enclosures. Nest box programs for threatened native bird populations. Prairie grass installations that benefit native animal populations and stream systems. Encouraging the next generation to love and respect nature from the ground up.

Current Responsibilities

As Associate Director of the J.H. Barrow Biological Field Station, I am responsible for coordinating care of the animal collection at the Field Station, which includes establishing, and monitoring husbandry protocols as well as supervising overall care of the animals. Additionally, I help manage over 550 acres of both established and newly acquired property.  I also train, maintain and manage a newly established bird rehabilitation program. Working together with the students and stewards we strive to maintain both quality care of our animals, while we focus on the responsible use of the land upon which the JHBBFS occupies.  Our goal is create a natural habitat, preserve resources and to provide a safe learning environment for the students of Hiram College.

Past Experience

From 2005 until 2012 I served as the Curator of Birds and Area Manager for Legends of the Wild at the Akron Zoo.  While there, I managed the global genetic studbooks for the White winged wood ducks and Madagascar teal.  I was also the Species Survival Plan Chairman for White winged wood ducks.  While there I also successfully managed the mating, gestation and rearing of 6 jaguar cubs and 2 snow leopard cubs as well as a number of different bird species.

From 2000 until 2004 I was the Supervisor of Birds at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure in Aurora, Ohio. While in that position, I was responsible for managing the Aviculture staff as well as a very successful bird rehabilitation program.

From approximately 1988 until 2000, I worked at SeaWorld in Aurora, Ohio. I worked with many species of birds including 8 different species of penguin, 2 species of flamingos and a variety of softbills, psittacines and waterfowl.  I also managed a small group Commerson’s dolphin that inhabited an exhibit with a large flock of Magellanic penguins.

As a student at Hiram, from 1984-1988, I worked at the station with Professor Barrow where we worked with a variety both mammals and bird species.  As a student, I also lived in the bunkhouse for nearly 2 years.