Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist, Brad Bumgardner, has been named
the new executive director for the Indiana Audubon Society (IAS).
starts with the society this month--will be the statewide organization’s
first executive director, IAS said in a statement released this week.
his career with DNR at Pokagon State Park, near Angola, and was most
recently the head of the interpretive services at Indiana Dunes State Park,
where he was instrumental in creating the hugely successful and
award-winning Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.
a superb birder, quickly became a key player in the Northwest Indiana
birding community, and did much in Nature Center programming to promote
birding as a family activity.
Connersville-based Indiana Audubon Society, founded in 1898, is the oldest
conservation organization continuously operating in Indiana and predates the
formation of the National Audubon Society.
lead the society as it focuses on inspiring a new generation of
conservationists statewide, through its stewardship programs in education,
conservation, and citizen science initiatives.” IAS President Jeff Canada
“Indiana Audubon is
a great organization, and its goals and vision couldn’t be any more
important right now,” Bumgardner said. “Growing up as a camping kid around
the state, I got the opportunity to see all the great resources that we’ve
protected, but I also saw potential. I see the opportunity to get the word
out on what Indiana Audubon is doing, and how nature enthusiasts can learn
why these places, including IAS’s own Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, are so
important to birds and other wildlife.”
previously served as IAS president from 2012-14 and currently serves on the
board of the Northwest Indiana Migratory Bird Association. He will work out
of Chesterton, where he lives with his family.
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