ALBANY – The National Audubon Society announced that Michael (Mike) Burger, Ph.D., will become the organization’s next executive director for the Connecticut and New York regional office. Burger was elevated to the position after 22 years with the organization, having served first as forest ecologist, then in a succession of conservation and management roles in the New York office, and most recently as senior director of conservation for Connecticut and New York.
“In the two decades I’ve been with Audubon, I have never been more enthusiastic about our future and potential for impact than I am right now. We have the right strategies in place to drive meaningful conservation successes in our region and beyond, and we are committed to a more inclusive and equitable approach to everything we do,” said Burger.
As executive director, Burger will advance Audubon’s conservation and organizational priorities in the region, including forest stewardship, coastal resilience, natural climate solutions, and the development of the next generation of conservation leaders that better reflects and gives voice to the diverse groups of people who love birds and share Audubon’s vision of a world in which people and wildlife thrive.
“Mike’s commitment to Audubon and deep, local conservation expertise will be an extraordinary asset in this position,” said Amy Sobel, vice president of the Atlantic Flyway for the National Audubon Society. “Audubon's presence in the region is growing and evolving, and Mike's steady leadership will ensure we continue to grow our conservation impact, progress our policy agenda, and expand our community engagement and partnerships through inclusive and collaborative programming at Audubon centers across the two states.”
Burger has been with Audubon since 1999, during which time he conducted forest bird research in the Adirondacks that contributed to the creation of Audubon’s Healthy Forests Initiative, co-led a comprehensive assessment of priority areas that culminated in the publication of Important Bird Areas of New York, and helped bring Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway program to life. Prior to coming to Audubon, Mike earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan where he studied climatic and physiological determinants of bird ranges and was supported by a Department of Energy Global Change Fellowship. He is based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.
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