About Us

Staff

Audubon Rockies hard working staff works tirelessly for birds and for you!
About Us

Staff

Audubon Rockies hard working staff works tirelessly for birds and for you!

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Alison Lyon-Holloran is the Executive Director of Audubon Rockies. She began working for Audubon Wyoming in February 2001. Alison is responsible for planning and executing all conservation and science programs Audubon Rockies is involved in including: the Important Bird Areas (IBA) of Wyoming; Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship; and Greater Sage-grouse lek monitoring programs. Before working for Audubon, Alison was a research scientist for the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. Alison also received her master's degree in Zoology and Physiology from University of Wyoming and her bachelors of science in wildlife management from University of West Virginia. She also served as a wildlands promoter in the United States Peace Corps in Honduras from 1994-1996. Alison enjoys any activity that takes her outdoors including hiking, bird watching, hunting, skiing, and running.    

Brian Rutledge  is Central Flyway Conservation Strategy and Policy Advisor.  He has served as an instructor and interpreter since childhood, leading Eco-tours to many corners of the globe. Brian brings a wealth of knowledge of non-profit organizations and conservation to the Audubon team. He served for five years as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Zoo New England and was Executive Director of the Maryland Zoological Society for thirteen years. He has designed and developed entertaining and exciting exhibits, interpretive graphics, and innovative, interactive devices for the general public. For many years, Brian and his wife Kathleen have made their permanent home on the Front Range of the Rockies. Fascination with cutting horses, sled dogs and cattle has melded well with their love of the outdoors.   

Dusty Downey  is a Senior Regional Community Naturalists and Education Manager for Audubon Rockies. He was born and raised on a ranch in Northeast Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After college, he worked a variety of jobs including ground fish observer in Alaska's Bering Sea, biological technician for the U.S. Forest Service in the Greater Yellowstone, and marine biology instructor on Catalina Island. Before coming to Audubon in 2005, Dusty was involved with the direction and coordination of education programs at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and served as the Education Coordinator of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve in Woodland, CA. Dusty is also a Wilderness EMT who teaches classes for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. Dusty is a certified interpretive guide through NAI, serves on the Wyoming Association for Environmental Education (WAEE) board, is an advisor for the University of Wyoming's WYOBIO program,  and is a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The Community Naturalist Program recently received the Outstanding Service to EE by an Organization at the Local Level award from NAAEE.    

Jacelyn Downey is as a Senior Regional Community Naturalist  and Education Programs Manager for Audubon Rockies. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science degree in aquatic biology. Jacelyn began her career in marine science as an educator and aquarist at places such as The Catalina Island Marine Institute and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Once in Wyoming, Jacelyn focused on the sagebrush sea and has been working towards getting youth and families outdoors. Jacelyn is a board member for Wyoming's Wildlife and Natural Resource trust fund. The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Board is appointed by the Governor from each of the state's nine judicial districts. Members reflect a broad spectrum of interests and experience, and represent wildlife, agriculture, industry, sportsmen, and tourism. Jacelyn is also the chair of the Small Acreage Issue Team whose mission is to create a culture of stewardship among land managers by promoting sustainable practices which enhance the ecological, economic, and social aspects of the land and its people. She also serves as treasurer of Wyoming Project Learning Trees' Steering Committee and recently became a City Partner with Flying WILD, a program that helps teachers use birds to engage kids in science. She was honored as one of ten outstanding educators in the nation by Project Learning Tree in 2011. Jacelyn is a  Together Green Fellow where she worked on her citizen science project encouraging rural community members to volunteer to band birds at MAPS bird banding stations. Jacelyn won National Audubon's highest education award, the Tamar Chotzen award, in 2015.

Daly Edmunds Daly Edmunds is the Director of Policy and Outreach for Audubon Rockies based out of the regional office in Ft. Collins.   Daly is responsible for furthering the Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative on a regional scale - providing valuable opportunities to work with government representatives, elected officials, conservation organizations, and community leaders throughout Wyoming, Colorado, and neighboring states.  Her areas of focus are energy development and transmission lines. Daly received her master's in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming, on pronghorn antelope research in southwestern Wyoming. Prior to joining Audubon in 2009, she worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, National Wildlife Federation, and Wyoming Wildlife Federation.  In her spare time Daly enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, attempting to capture wildlife with a camera, and camping with family & friends.  She is a board member of the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society, a non-profit consisting of wildlife professionals who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and its habitat

John Kloster-Prew  is the Deputy Executive Director for Audubon Rockies with a strong background in the nonprofit sector most recently working as Executive Director of the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition, a 501(c)(6) trade association in Golden which focused on promoting the energy efficiency industry policy at local and state level and before that as the Director of Development & Community Support for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, a 501 (c)(3) and an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful for six years. His focus was on fund development and corporate sponsorships for the multitude of waste reduction, recycling, litter prevention, resource conservation and beautification programs offered to a five county area in northern Illinois. He also has nonprofit board experience, serving as secretary for two years with the same organization.

John served proudly in the Army National Guard for 17 years, reaching the rank of major in both the Army Corps of Engineers and Chemical Corps. He received his Associates in Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance from Rock Valley College and his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and continues to round out his skills now in protecting birds, other wildlife and their habitats. John was also an adjunct instructor for Rock Valley College Aviation Maintenance Department teaching ignition systems and engine electrical.  John is an IFR certified private pilot with Airframe & Powerplant certifications and enjoys flying, hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, volleyball, ballroom dancing, and theater. John recently relocated from Illinois, with his wife Sheila and two cats Hannah and Punkin from Poplar Grove, Illinois. John and Sheila also enjoy volunteering for organizations like Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center Fort Collins and Wildlife Animal Sanctuaries.   John also represents Audubon Rockies as a proud member and supporter of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association.

Abby Burk brings a lifetime love of rivers, particularly of the Colorado River and its tributaries.  As the Western Rivers Program Lead for Audubon Rockies, Abby promotes cultural change in water use and river conservation through interacting with government representatives, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, businesses, and by recruiting and training community leaders. She has extensive ecological land management experience, and is committed to advancing riparian habitat and stream resiliency through environmental river flow awareness, advocacy, and action.  She is passionate about connecting people to their rivers. Abby most recently taught college courses in biology and environmental science and previous to that was an environmental consultant for over eight years. She is an awarded educator and environmental steward. Abby holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and an Interdisciplinary Master of Education Degree, with Ecology and Hydrology concentrations. As an avid whitewater kayaker Abby enjoys time on western rivers as often as possible -particularly her favorite, the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.

Jamie Weiss is the Habitat Heroes Coordinator for the Front Range of Colorado, a new extension project of Audubon Rockies.  To combat the loss of open spaces, Habitat Heroes contribute a positive impact to the community by increasing natural areas, providing homes and food for wildlife, and connecting to larger green spaces.  This helps to restore a fragmented ecosystem, and offers a welcome place for birds and wildlife through the implementation of wildscaping principles, a form of landscape stewardship.  Along with her Bachelor degree in Marine Biology and Chemistry from University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jamie is a Certified Interpretive Guide as appointed by the National Association of Interpretation.  Jamie previously worked at Boyd Lake State Park and the Georgia Aquarium as an Educational Interpreter, providing families and individuals of all ages an awareness of conservation.  When not working, she is often leading an active lifestyle trying to keep up with her Border Collie puppy and Golden Retriever.  She enjoys hiking, particularly "14ers", camping, snowboarding, and is an avid fan of long distance running.  Jamie is excited to be a part of the Audubon Rockies team, "to promote stewardship and ultimately bring conservation home into our yards!"


Zach Hutchinson is a Community Naturalist for Audubon Rockies. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Northwest Missouri State University. He served as a Kayaking Naturalist, combining science and art, to promote estuarine conservation on Galveston Island in Texas. He was a Conservation Educator rescuing alligators and providing public education on safety and conservation in Beaumont, Texas. Before joining Audubon in 2015 he was the Education Director in a children's science museum, helping to break new ground in STEM education within central Wyoming. Zach has earned his Certified Interpretive Guide certification from NAI, and is a trained facilitator for Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Flying Wild. Zach serves on the Platte River Trail Trust, aiding in the protection of riparian habitat and promoting healthy lifestyles. In addition, he sits as an advisor to the city of Casper on the Platte River Revival Habitat Committee. Finally, Zach is the current president of the Murie Audubon Society, our longest-lived Audubon chapter in Wyoming. You can see Zach on KTWO News where he hosts his own segment called GOIN WYLD.  

 Keith Bruno is the Community Naturalist for Audubon Rockies Four Mile Ranch near Pagosa Springs, CO.  He has a B.A. in Studio Arts; minors in Wildlife Biology and English from the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (class of 2002) and is set to graduate this December with his Masters of Natural Resources and a certificate in Environmental Education from the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) through the University of Idaho. Keith has experience in Environmental Education as well as being a Market Gardener and Small Farm Business Owner, Durango, CO; Greenhouse & High Tunnel Technical Consultant for the 4Corners, CO; Ski School Instructor, Wolf Creek, CO; Wildlife Technician for the Canada Lynx Reintroduction in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado Division of Wildlife; Mountaineering Guide, Mt. Shasta, CA; Maintenance and Restoration Technician, Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR; and as a Wildlife Technician for the Institute for Bird Populations, Sierra Nevada, CA


 

Mandi Casolo is Audubon Rockies' office assistant, and a communications associate for The Wilderness Society in Denver. After completing a master of fine arts in creative writing from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Mandi pursued her passion for the environment as a conservation volunteer, most recently on a weed mitigation backpacking trip in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness, and on trail restoration work with the Poudre Wilderness and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. She blogs about rock climbing, rafting, and backpacking at http://treelinesblog.com/.

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