- Mongabay’s Director of Partnerships shares what inspired his love of nature.
- The Santa Monica Mountains, just north of Los Angeles, was the scene of Martin’s childhood search for snakes, lizards, skinks, salamanders, newts, frogs and turtles. Oh, and tarantulas and scorpions.
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I grew up in Southern California, just north of Los Angeles, and spent time in nature consistently throughout my childhood. I credit the under-the-radar natural wonderland of Southern California, as well my parents’ love of nature, thoughtfully instilled into me during hikes, camping and beach trips, as the foundational inspiration seeding my career as an…