Join Larry Berrin, the new Executive Director of Montana Audubon (MA), as he shares what the future will look like for MA with the launching of the three-year strategic plan. Come hear about innovative projects focused on expanding the organization’s reach state-wide by working with new and existing partners to help achieve its mission. Larry will also describe the exciting bird conservation work of MA over the years. Today, 42 Important Bird Areas (IBAs), encompassing 11 million acres, have been officially designated in Montana. You will learn about the new Montana eBird website and how it is being used as part of their citizen science initiative. Finally, Larry will highlight some of the conservation work around the state including the Golden Eagle Migration Survey, Long-billed Curlew Initiative, Black Swift research in Glacier Park, and a new partnership with the Smithsonian Institute on monitoring grassland birds in Eastern Montana.
Larry has been involved in the field of conservation for over 25 years holding positions such as Vermont State Education Director for the National Audubon Society, President/CEO of Asbury Woods Partnership (Pennsylvania) and Director of Conservation Education for Discover Your Northwest where he led the campaign to develop the first children’s forest in the Northwest – the Deschutes Children’s Forest in Oregon. Larry is an avid birder and has led international eco-trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, the Amazon, and Kenya.