Dear MT Audubon Members & Friends,
I wish to announce my decision to retire as Executive Director of Montana Audubon. Following more than a decade of service, my last day with the organization will be December 31st. I believe it is time for a change, for both myself and for Montana Audubon. I very much look forward to working closely with the board and staff over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership. I plan to remain in Montana for the foreseeable future, and look forward to supporting Montana Audubon’s mission and work for years to come!
Over the past year, I’ve had an increasing desire to spend more time outdoors enjoying nature and have decided to start a birding tour company to continue sharing my passion for birds, nature and conservation with the Montana community.
During my tenure at Montana Audubon, I have been fortunate to work with a highly competent and dedicated staff, board, and chapter volunteer network. It has been both an honor and a privilege to be part of the Montana Audubon family.
Together, we have embarked on an exciting journey. Over the past decade, Montana Audubon’s staff and budget has tripled, and our conservation programs have expanded accordingly, and Montana’s nine-chapter Audubon network is stronger than ever. Through our collective efforts to build Montana Audubon’s endowments, diversify funding sources, recruit capable, engaged board members, and strengthen our partnerships and conservation outcomes, I believe we have made tremendous progress toward Montana Audubon’s long-term sustainability.
As the only statewide voice for birds and bird conservation, Montana Audubon needs your support. Birds are the most accessible window we have into the natural world! I believe Montana Audubon members have a critical role to play in the conservation movement, so let’s continue working together to do everything possible to save Montana’s biodiversity.
Thank you for your amazing support, friendship and generous contributions in support of our conservation work. Montana Audubon’s loyal and profoundly generous donors have ensured our success through the years, and I am forever grateful to each one of you. I intend to keep in close touch with many of you at future Montana Audubon bird festivals, and spending time with you in the field!
Yours in conservation,
Stephen Hoffman, Executive Director