Junior Audubon Clubs – a program for children, launched in 1910 by the National Audubon Society as a way to stem the rampant destruction of native birds -- ran for more than 50 years. More than 10 million children enrolled in thousands of clubs from New York to Alaska and beyond. Many national conservation leaders, like Roger Tory Peterson, got their start as Junior Audubon members.
Our guest will be Dr. Amy Weidensaul, who spent 5 years exploring the history and impact of Junior Audubon Clubs. Weidensaul has worked for Audubon for more than 20 years and spent five years exploring the history and impact of Junior Audubon Clubs for her PhD. Her presentation will showcase the history and impact of Junior Audubon Club. She will discuss the lifelong impacts of the club and how these findings can be applied to design future birding and nature education programs.
About Dr. Amy Weidensaul
Amy Weidensaul joined Massachusetts Audubon in July 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field. She is currently the director of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, a 2,000 acre property north of Boston. In addition, she oversees Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary with a licensed nature preschool and several unstaffed sanctuaries. Before joining Mass Audubon, she was the Deputy Director for Conservation and Education for Audubon Pennsylvania for nine years overseeing the statewide conservation and education programs of the state program of National Audubon Society. Amy was the director of the Shehan Audubon Center with Audubon Maryland-D.C. for ten years. She also oversaw the development of the Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore. In addition to her Audubon experience, she was the Outdoor Center Director of South Mountain YMCA, overseeing an overnight environmental education program near Reading, PA. She holds a BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed from Lehigh University in educational leadership focusing on non-profit administration. She received her PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University, focusing on long-term impacts of youth environmental education.