BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (January 8, 2017)—Birmingham Audubon announced a change in leadership today, as the organization’s first Executive Director Suzanne Langley departs to take on the top role at Audubon Texas, the National Audubon Society’s regional office in the Lone Star State.
“More than five years of working with Alabama’s leading naturalists for the conservation of birds and their habitat has truly been inspirational,” said Langley. “It’s been a real honor to serve as the first Executive Director for Birmingham Audubon, which has a rich legacy as the state’s leading nonprofit promoting bird and habitat conservation. Programs addressing urban habitat and coastal bird conservation, as well as an amazing staff that includes respected naturalists, scientists, educators and nonprofit managers, are among the achievements of which I am most proud.”
As head of Audubon Texas, Langley will oversee the organization’s programs in urban conservation, coastal conservation and grasslands & prairie conservation, as well as the operations at three nature and education centers: Trinity River Audubon Center, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.
“The vast size and rich ecological diversity of Texas make it an incredibly important place for bird conservation, and Suzanne Langley is exactly the right person to lead Audubon’s efforts in the state,” said Brian Trusty, Audubon’s VP of the Central Flyway and former Executive Director of Audubon Texas. “We’re tremendously lucky to have such a talented person step up and take the wheel of one of Audubon’s largest state offices.”
Langley began serving as the first Executive Director of Birmingham Audubon in July 2012. Since then, she has led the effort to secure a $1.4 million coastal bird stewardship and monitoring grant from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. She also oversaw development of an urban bird habitat initiative, managed a six-fold increase in the chapter’s annual operating budget and served as a chapter representative during the development of the National Audubon Society’s Strategic Plan for 2016–2020.
An Interim Director will be named later this month by Birmingham Audubon’s board of directors.
Birmingham Audubon is Alabama’s leading nonprofit organization promoting conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats and the natural world.