"We are both passionate about serving our communities and giving our best work."
Blair Alexandria Bracken
Blair Bracken is founder and owner of White Dove Marketplace. Her passions are many and she developed this company as a platform to support all her endeavors. The inspiration of White Dove Marketplace was her "Mamaw" and named the business in her honor.
Blair was born in Florida to military parents but at an early age, settled with her mom and grandparents on the Western Slope of Colorado and has been a long time resident of the Garfield County area since. Blair attended a distance based private school while growing up on sixty acres out in the "boondocks". She developed a strong work ethic, independence and drive to succeed as she was surrounded by entrepreneurial thinkers and developers. Her mother, a writer, would often have her proof read copies of her work and further, she would very often be involved in the business endeavors her grandparents developed, - helping with production and thinking of new and innovative ideas of promoting the product.
She is an avid outdoors woman and indulges her extensive creative side in the arts. Throughout life, community has been Blair’s passion, and over the past twelve years has utilized her talents in marketing, outreach and event coordination to serve the Garfield County communities.
Blair is also heavily involved with her boyfriend's business - Chadd's Walking With Wildlife - and has expanded her passions to include wildlife conservation efforts and wilderness education. Chadd brought a whole new element to her life that she can't imagine being without. From his huge heart and generous spirit, to his hilarious antics and spontaneity, Blair is the happiest when they are working together.
Chadd Michael Drott
Chadd is a 6th generation Coloradoan and has been studying and working with the wildlife for over 20 years.
He has volunteered at three separate wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, where he has worked closely with a number of different species of sick and injured animals.
During his time at these sanctuaries, he broadened his love and compassion for the animals he cared for and increased his understanding of animal behavior.
Chadd has a love for all animals big and small, but birds are his passion. In fact, so much so that he became a paragliding pilot just so he can be closer to the feathered friends he loves.
Naturally having a love for the outdoors, Chadd went to a wilderness college where he spent ten months furthering his skills in the art of survival. While attending college, Chadd took an apprenticeship in tracking. Here he was tested and pushed to understand not only the animal’s tracks, but also the scat and sign left behind, furthering his understanding, knowledge and appreciation for the wildlife around him. Since, Chadd has received three Track and Sign certificates in three separate regions of the west.
Chadd has been published in periodicals including the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project blog and Mountain Parent Magazine and is in the process of writing several wildlife reference guides as well as educational videos and podcasts.
With an expansive knowledge of the natural world around him, his expertise has been solicited for wildlife consultations around the nation and is continually sought to host wildlife workshops and presentations.
In addition to Wildlife Education, Chadd serves as a firefighter for a local department and lives in Rifle Colorado.