Since 1916, Seattle Audubon members and volunteers have continually worked for the protection, restoration and preservation of natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. These years of experience have never been more important than today as the growth in our region stresses many habitats and their inhabitants.
Faithful volunteers work hand-in-hand with dedicated staff to provide education programs to children and adults, to engage neighborhoods in citizen science projects, and to protect birds and nature through conservation activities. Field trips give members the opportunity to enjoy birding from waters of Puget Sound to the shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington. Volunteers at the Seattle Audubon Nature Center staff a bird question hotline and sell quality backyard bird supplies and gifts through the Nature Shop.
On May 5, 2016, John Brosnan joined Seattle Audubon Society as Executive Director. John brings over 15 years of leadership experience in habitat conservation and environmental program management to the position.
John came to SAS from Grist Magazine, where he was responsible for securing over $1 million in annual giving from corporations and foundations. Prior to that, he served as the statewide land protection director for the nationally-accredited Minnesota Land Trust. While there, John managed the organization’s land protection team and personally oversaw completion of more than 30 conservation projects that protected 3,300 acres of critical habitats and 21 miles of sensitive shoreline.
He has also served as the first Baylands Program Manager for the Sonoma Land Trust (CA), where he led design and planning for the Sears Point Restoration Project, an $18-million dollar effort to restore 2,400 acres of watershed and tidal wetland habitats, including marsh restoration to support endangered clapper rail populations. He also served as the founding program manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Restoration Program, a region-wide effort to coordinate 18 federal, state, and local agencies on tidal wetlands restoration policy, design standards, and management.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and a master of public affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He’s also completed a yearlong fellowship in sustainability studies at the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy in Sonoma County, CA.
When he’s not around the office, John enjoys spending time with his husband and their dog, cooking, reading, hiking, or gardening at their West Seattle home.
New Staff Introductions: Conservation Manager, Seth Shteir
A note from Seth...
I am very honored to be joining Seattle Audubon as Conservation Manager and am looking forward to working with Audubon staff, members and the community to protect birds in a metropolitan area that is a critical urban link on the Pacific Flyway! I was first drawn to the Pacific Northwest by the unparalleled beauty of the Cascade Mountains, Columbia River Gorge and stunning coastal areas!
As a child, I developed my love of conservation observing iridescent hummingbirds in southeast Arizona with my father. During my adult life, I’ve become enchanted with wildlife watching throughout the western United States- from Washington State’s Conboy National Wildlife Refuge to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
I began my conservation career teaching young people about the importance of nature as an environmental educator and classroom teacher. At the same time, I became active in the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, serving on the board of directors for 8 years, and working on local, regional and national environmental issues.
While living in Los Angeles, I honed my skills as a writer by starting a freelance environmental writing business and publishing articles on natural resources in a variety of publications including the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, National Parks Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest and High Country News.
For the past eight years, I’ve worked as the Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association in the California desert, advocating for increased protection for the wildlife, water, night skies, scenic vistas and air quality in Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve. Last year, one of our long standing campaigns paid off when President Obama created three new desert national monuments, protecting 1.8 million acres of ecologically, recreationally and historically significant lands, including some Important Bird Areas like Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
I’m delighted to be returning to my Audubon roots to protect and connect Seattle’s urban bird habitat, the avian resources of Puget Sound and some of our iconic northwest threatened and endangered species. I look forward to working with all of you and the Seattle community to make a difference and protect birds and special ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest.