Helen Hands is a grant writer for her local public radio and TV stations, after a 20-year career with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. She was the biologist for Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and the statewide biologist for mourning doves, sandhill cranes, snipe, and rails. Her work at the Bottoms focused on evaluating the effectiveness of habitat-management techniques and on shorebirds. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago with non-hunting parents, she didn’t have an opportunity to hunt, but somehow developed an interest in wildlife biology. She pursued that interest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. Biological Aspects of Conservation) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife). Finally, in her early 30s her husband (retired Upland Game Bird Biologist for KDWP) trained her and their dog how to hunt. Now she avidly hunts pheasants, quail, and doves with her husband and black lab, Ernie. She keeps her hand in the wildlife management field by helping her husband conduct numerous prescribed burns on their land each year. Her other interests include reading, running, biking, backpacking, gardening, and following major league baseball.