EXPERTISE & EXPERIENCE
CURRENTLY SERVING AS:
Curator of Birds at The Raptor Center
The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota is a renowned veterinary clinic for injured birds of prey. Education is also a huge part of our mission. In my role I work with the Education team overseeing the care, management and training of the birds that live permanently at TRC as education ambassadors. With these birds we amaze and educate over 100,000 people every year - in person and now through innovative virtual offerings we've conceived and implemented since 2020 changed our approach to nearly everything we do.
CONSULTING SERVICES / EXPERIENCE
As time and appropriate projects align I will continue to:
Provide expert advice to create and implement conservation and sustainability strategies benefitting people, birds and other wildlife.
Lead and participate in collaborative partnerships to oversee, manage, and implement conservation projects.
Advocate for conservation through effective verbal / written communication, presentations.
CONSERVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Developed Audubon Minnesota's Bird-friendly Communities program from inception, leading collaborative efforts with communities to improve habitat, reduce threats to birds and engage people in conservation.
Launched Project BirdSafe and "Lights Out" to address the threat of bird-window collisions; leading research, coordinating staff and citizen science volunteers, educating architects and planners and crafting legislation.
Directed local efforts to affect the design of US Bank Stadium to protect birds and mobilized the team to design and implement a research study there, serving as local lead and expert.
Created the Bird City Minnesota program, developed all aspects, successfully led pilot phase, recognized 3 Minnesota Cities and secured significant funding to take the program statewide.
B3 Bird-Safe Building Requirement - Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (effective May 2013)
Co-authored the state standard requiring bird-safe design practices for Minnesota bond-funded buildings (LINK).
As Lead Zoologist for the Minnesota Zoo's World of Birds Show, managed all aspects of the popular environmental education program featuring an extensive array of birds trained to demonstrate natural behaviors.
"Neighborhood Wilds" restoration project management
Coordinated all aspects of funding, planning and implementing native restoration across dozens of properties and city right-of-ways.
WRITING AND EDITING
Bird-Safe Building Guidelines (2010) - Project Manager
Managed all aspects of the comprehensive revision and publication of NYC Audubon's Guidelines. LINK to guidelines.
World Parrot Trust (1999 – 2014)
As Editor from 2006-2014, coordinated all aspects of production of PsittaScene, the quarterly magazine of the World Parrot Trust, an international organization dedicated to the conservation of parrots.
Initially served as USA Administrator from 1999 - 2006 (see below).
Thirty years of public speaking experience related to conservation, nature, birds and wildlife - from educational programs and media with live birds for the Minnesota Zoo, to professional talks at conferences and events around the country for the Zoo, the World Parrot Trust and Audubon.
TEDx talk - Bird-friendly Buildings (May 2015) - TED talks are renowned for their rigor and focus. The process for speakers involves a proposal, an audition and working with a coach through several rehearsals before the live presentation which lives on online.
Keynote Speaker, invited speaker, panelist and workshop presenter throughout the country at dozens of conferences and meetings.
Hundreds of professional presentations for civil engineers, architects, community planners, developers, conservation and community organizations, conferences and meetings locally (MN), regionally and nationally.
Daily public presentations with trained free-flying birds for the Minnesota Zoo for 11 years plus media (TV and radio).
Daily in-person and virtual programs with trained raptors for The Raptor Center for audiences of all ages and sizes.
World Parrot Trust (1999 – 2014)
Initially (1999 - 2006) served as USA administrator responsible for daily operation of the organization in the USA.
Later served as magazine editor (2006 - 2014).
IAATE (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators)
Helped create this professional organization for naturalists worldwide who work with trained birds in educational programs and served as the first Secretary on the Board of Directors for a total of 9 years.