The National Audubon Society is pleased to welcome Jonathan Hayes as the new Executive Director of Audubon New Mexico. Hayes brings to Audubon a strong conservation expertise through his professional experience at multiple levels in public service. Over the last decade, Hayes has built strong partnerships between public and private organizations to provide scalable conservation outcomes across multiple types of ecosystems. He has specifically focused on meaningful programs that conserve native bird species and the habitats they rely on, making him an ideal leader for Audubon New Mexico.
Hayes will lead the state office, now in its twenty-second year of operation, in advancing Audubon’s conservation initiatives to restore and protect the state’s rich biodiversity with a focus on rivers, grasslands, and forests. Hayes will oversee key programs that build more naturally resilient communities, including freshwater restoration, grassland enhancement, on-the-ground community science, partnerships, education and outreach, environmental adaptation initiatives, and more.
Jon will officially assume his new role on December 4, and will guide the management of the Historic Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Santa Fe, one of the oldest sites in Audubon’s network of education centers, listed on the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places as established in 1847.
This article brought to The Bird Watch by Robert Wall, Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society webmaster.