Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.
Larry Berrin has dedicated his career of more than 25 years to conservation science and environmental education in multiple states including Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Oregon. Berrin came to Montana Audubon most recently from Asbury Woods Partnership in Erie, Pennsylvania. As President/CEO, he led a major acquisition of the 205-acre Asbury Woods and Nature Center, which included securing over $1.3 million in government grants, representing some of the largest acquisition grants ever awarded to Erie County. During his tenure, he also helped launch a $4.5 million capital campaign for the center.
Previously, Berrin served as Branch Director for Discover Your Northwest in Central Oregon. In this role, he was responsible for managing multiple visitor centers, retail operations, recreation sites and programs in the Deschutes National Forest and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. He also led the effort to develop the Deschutes Children’s Forest, the first of its kind in the northwest.
Earlier in his career, Berrin served as State Education Director in Vermont for the National Audubon Society where he oversaw centers and education programs in addition to leading birding trips to places such as Mexico, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, the Amazon, and Kenya.
Heather is a familiar face to many at the Montana Audubon Center. She served as its first education director from 2008-2014 before moving north to Lavina to help run the family ranch. She returned to the Center part-time in 2015, and is now our coordinator for adult programs. Heather earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Education from MSU-Billings, and spent her graduate residency at the Teton Science Schools in Wyoming. She is also a certified Montana Master Naturalist. Heather enjoys sharing nature with others and helping them discover the endless wonders that await outdoors.
Sarah spent 6 years living in Botswana- the first two as a Peace Corps volunteer, the last four working for various organizations on economic development projects. She returned to Bloomington, Indiana where she worked as a case manager before moving on to her last gig at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Here, where she stayed for 7 years, she was Director of Development at a community food resource center. She is committed to volunteer work, and has done so at the homeless day center, in addition to serving on the Monroe County Affordable Housing Commission, and the financial advisory committee at the local HIV/AIDS outreach program. She became excited about birds living in Botswana, and often spent more time looking at them than she did the elephants that lived around her. This love of birds continued at her home in Indiana, where she filled the yard with pollinators to make it more bird friendly. She has a very cute terrier called Ziggy, and loves to hike, run, and bike. She cannot wait to explore the flora and fauna of Montana!
Sarah is a native Montana girl with a love for adventure. Formerly a classroom teacher, she enjoys the freedom of discovery that environmental education allows. As a parent and outdoor educator of over 16 years, Sarah believes that spending time outdoors is vital to children’s development and well being. In 2015, Sarah was honored by the Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA) as Environmental Educator of the year. She is also a certified Montana Master Naturalist and is passionate about learning outside and enjoying all the world has to offer.
Emily moved to Billings from Dayton, Ohio in the fall of 2014 and quickly found the Center through participation of her two sons in the Nature Nuts program. She has a degree in Natural and Historical Interpretation and Applied Science at Hocking Technical College and has provided conservation education programs to local communities ever since, including with the Five Rivers MetroParks. Billings is the farthest west Emily has been and she’s excited to be a part of the Montana Audubon Center.
Boaz (Bo) Crees grew up in Israel, where he gained a deep appreciation of nature while hiking with his father throughout the beautiful Valley of Springs. He moved to Michigan with his family in 1995 and then West after high school to pursue rock climbing, backpacking and other outdoor adventures. He graduated from the University of Montana with a BS in Wildlife Biology and has been involved in many bird research projects there and with various agencies. Bo loves to travel and has worked as a wildlife technician in every western US state, British Columbia and Mexico. He moved to Helena with his wife Alexis in 2016 after living in the Coast Mountains of northern British Columbia for two years. He most recently worked with Montana Natural Heritage Program and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. In his free time, he enjoys creating wildlife art, hiking, and birding.
Peter developed a love for the natural world while growing up at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA. After graduating from Haverford College in 2018 with a B.A. in Anthropology and an Environmental Studies minor, he went on to work in public horticulture at West Laurel Hill Cemetery and Chanticleer Garden in Philadelphia, PA. Peter took a leap of faith last year and accepted a Conservation Fellowship with Montana Conservation Corps that placed him with the Forest Service Trail Crew in Hungry Horse, MT. Peter is looking forward to working on Montana Audubon’s Conservation Ranching Program out of Helena, which represents an intersection of his interests in native plants, resource conservation, and agroecology. In his free time, you can find him hiking, birding, playing music, or searching for the few squash courts of Montana.
Hannah Finch has worked at the Center since joining our Summer Camp staff in 2016. Her immediate past position was at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA, in school programs similar to those we provide in Billings. Hannah is particularly knowledgeable about raptors, having worked with live birds at the George Miksch Sutton Aviation Research Center at the University of Oklahoma. Hannah is now leading our youth programs, including Homeschool, Afterschool, and Summer Camps.
Alina comes to Billings from Walla Walla, Washington, having worked in a variety of positions in the Pacific Northwest since 2012. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Whitworth University. Alina has a passion for outdoor activities, with her particular interest in fly fishing well suited to her new home in Montana. As the leader of school programs, she coordinates Audubon Naturalists in the Schools and field trips. She is also a professional photographer, often lending her keen artistic eye to projects at the Center.
Taisha has grown up and lived all over the state of Montana. She started at the Montana Audubon Center in the summer of 2016, and loves being a part of the education team. Teaching and being outside are two of her favorite things. She graduated with a BA degree in Elementary Education from Rocky Mountain College here in Billings and is currently returning to school for her degree in Environmental Science. Living in Montana, Taisha is enveloped in nature, and loves everything from hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, to ranching. She hopes to continue her work in Environmental Education as long as she can!
Miranda is from a foothill suburb outside Los Angeles. They attended university in the redwoods of northern California at Humboldt State University. They earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in Ecological Restoration. Miranda appreciates all aspects of ecology and nature, but has a particular attraction to plants. They have worked on a conservation field crew throughout southern and eastern California, interned as a field technician for BLM in eastern Oregon, and apprenticed as a horticulturist at a native plant nursery in Los Angeles. In their free time, Miranda loves exploring, hiking, and eating. Miranda also loves sharing and growing plants for all creatures to enjoy!
A native Montanan, Robin grew up on her father’s farm and ranch operation north of Choteau, along the Rocky Mountain Front. A country girl at heart, she appreciates nature and all living things! After graduating from Choteau High School, Robin attended the University of Montana where she majored in music with an emphasis on piano performance. She later taught piano lessons in Helena and also studied social sciences at Carroll College for a short time. Her work experience in Helena includes many years with several nonprofits. During her free time, Robin still enjoys playing the piano and observing nature.
Becca is an experienced outdoor science educator with a deep love and appreciation for the natural world. In 2013, she worked with the Audubon Center as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. She loves sharing the natural world with others and is excited to be back in Montana working with the Audubon Center again. Growing up on a farm in Ohio, she explored the forests, marshes and fields around her and learned early on that no matter where you live, nature will never cease to surprise you. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Marine Specialization and loves teaching about both fresh and saltwater ecosystems and is a true water quality enthusiast. After many years of seasonal work, she’s happy to be putting down roots and calling Montana home.
Lana Mullaney joined Montana Audubon in 2021 and uses her experience to manage our finances on a day-to-day basis and maintains accurate reports so that Montana Audubon remains financially strong and fiscally responsible.
Gabi has been in the field of conservation education for more than 20 years, working for both governmental and non-profit organizations. Her career has taken her all over the country, and before moving to Montana in 2019 she was the Education Outreach Director for a conservation non-profit for 13 years in southwest Colorado. She has always enjoyed teaching people of all ages, mentoring volunteers and staff, and collaborating with community organizations. While in Colorado, she was founding steering committee member of a coalition who facilitates a more holistic approach to getting youth into the outdoors in Montezuma County. She was also a member of the Southwest Colorado Environmental Education Leadership Council. She has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University, and an undergraduate degree in Biology from the College of Wooster in Ohio. In her spare time, Gabi and her family can often be found exploring Montana while hiking, skiing, rafting, mountain biking, and picking huckleberries!
Anthony grew up in the Chaparral Mountains of Southern California, and took a love of the natural world with him as he completed his B.S. in Ecological Restoration from Humbolt State. With his education in hand, he set out traveling across the western U.S. as a seasonal environmental tech, working as an alpine forman/ranger in Colorado, a restoration technician throughout the greater L.A. area, and a field ecologist for Nevada BLM. He also is a big fan of cross-country running, amateur botanizing, backpacking, and reading Science-Fiction.
Amy Seaman joined Montana Audubon in 2013 to work on the Important Bird Area (IBA) Program and many other bird conservation projects. She joined us after having spent time earning her M.S in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and after spending many seasons surveying birds out west and in Montana in particular. Her avian research experiences have taken her to Montana locations such as the Madison and Missouri Rivers, the Helena, Mission, and Blackfoot Valleys, the Charles M. Russell NWR, the Bitterroot Valley, Glacier National Park, the Bridger Ridge, looping around from Forsyth to Glasgow back to Broadus, and more . In 2015 Amy became our lead lobbyist during the Montana Legislative session, and she continues to work on policy issues like Greater Sage-grouse conservation and bird hazing at the Berkeley Pit throughout the year. She believes and is committed to preserving the values of the natural world for current and future generations, is excited by the education values in our mission, and holds a love for the natural world, and especially bird songs, above all else.
To learn more about the staff at the Center in Billings, please see the staff list on the Center page here.