Audubon Alaska’s new executive director Natalie Dawson. (Courtesy Photo | Audubon Alaska)

Audubon Alaska’s new executive director Natalie Dawson. (Courtesy Photo | Audubon Alaska)

Audubon hires new Alaska director

Alaska’s new chief birder.

Audubon Alaska, the Alaska state office of the National Audubon Society, has a new executive director.

Natalie Dawson, a former wilderness studies professor at the University of Montana, was recently hired to the post, according to a press release sent out on Wednesday. Dawson previously worked in Alaska as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“I’m excited to return to Alaska, amid the communities, salmon-rich rivers, old-growth rainforests, Arctic ranges, and relationships that have built my conservation ethic over decades,” Dawson said in a statement. “The natural resource challenges facing Alaska are incredible opportunities to grow Audubon Alaska’s impressive science portfolio and outreach activities into new places, with new people, in new directions.”

Dawson succeeds Nils Warnock, who is now the director of conservation science at Audubon Canyon Ranch in California. Warnock was the executive director of Audubon Alaska for eight years.

Alaska Audubon is based in Anchorage and lists eight staff members on its website.

“Natalie’s expansive scientific credentials, combined with a commitment to engage people in policy solutions is just what we need to address the conservation challenges facing us today,” said David O’Neill, chief conservation officer for National Audubon Society. “We are thrilled to have her join our talented Alaska team.”

More in News

This photo shows Unangax̂ Gravesite at Funter Bay, the site where Aleut villagers forcibly relocated to the area during World War II are buried. A bill recently passed by the Alaska House of Representatives would make the area part of a neighboring state park. (Courtesy photo / Niko Sanguinetti, Juneau-Douglas City Museum) 
DO NOT REUSE THIS PHOTO WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM JUNEAU DOUGLAS CITY MUSEUM. -BEN HOHENSTATT
Bill to preserve Unangax̂ Gravesite passes House

Bill now heads to the state Senate.

The state announced this week that studded tires will be allowed for longer than usual. In Southeast Alaska, studded tires will be allowed until May 1 instead of April 15. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
State extends studded tire deadline

Prolonged wintry weather triggers the change.

COVID at a glance for Friay, April 9

The most recent state and local numbers.

Gavel (Courtesy photo)
Court sides with Dunleavy in appointments dispute

The court, in a brief order, reversed a ruling by a superior court judge.

The Juneau Police Department are seeking Brenda Jay Gallant, 40, after she was indicted recently for her alleged role in a 2021 vehicle arson. (Courtesy photo / JPD)
Police seeking woman indicted for arson

The indictment for the August fire came this March.

Police calls for Friday, April 9, 2021

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

COVID at a glance for Thursday, April 8

The most recent state and local numbers.

COVID at a glance for Wednesday, April 7

The most recent state and local numbers.

Most Read