Jennifer L. Bristol

Welcome to The Atomic Cowgirl website. I designed this to be the space for me to share my work and thoughts about nature, Texas, and what ever else sparks my interest. I am a sixth generation Texan who is crazy about the wild spaces and wildlife of this fascinating state.

Jennifer Bristol in Bastrop State Park

I have always been a conservationist and environmentalist. My best and earliest memories were all made outdoors and still are. Thankfully, I was able to turn that love of nature into a career after stumbling around in the film industry and other endeavors. I worked as a Resource Manager at Bastrop State Park, Program Director and Curriculum Developer at Camp Fire, and Director of Texas Children in Nature network at Texas Parks and Wildlife. I have a strong drive to give back the community and serve on the Environmental Commission for the City of Austin, and was the former vice chair, Downtown Commission. Additionally, I have served on national and local boards and advisory teams for 25 years.

In 2019, I stepped away from my job at Texas Parks and Wildlife to focus on four book projects. One of those projects involves my mother, Valarie Bristol. Another project is with my father, George Bristol. And two projects are just from me. All four projects celebrate and tell the store of nature and the human efforts to conserve it over time. More to come as these projects get closer to publication.

In April 2020, my first book, Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas was launched. I thought “oh my, how do I promote a book in a pandemic?” I called upon my years of marketing, got creative and did even better than I expected. Turns out, everyone discovered birding while they were locked down at home!

I am infinitely grateful for all the gifts in my life. I am surrounded by strong, passionate and interesting people who have shown me the way, cheered me on and even lifted me up when I’ve stumbled. I try to pay it forward when and where I can.

I am often out and about talking about the book, birds and nature. You can keep track by visiting the Events page to see what’s coming soon in your neck of the woods.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jennifer L. Bristol