Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Shawn is the Great Lakes Regional Director for the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), where he is leading and coordinating ABC conservation programs and projects in the Great Lakes Region, fundraising, and building high-level relationships with public and private partners and conservation stakeholders. He will also help oversee the forest-management grants in the region with a special emphasis on leading ABC’s effort to restore habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Prior to joining ABC, Shawn served for 13 years as the Executive Director of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. At the land trust, he directed the preservation programs and was responsible for all aspects of organizational development, including fund development, membership, education and outreach, land stewardship and conservation.

Shawn holds an MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and focused much of his research on historic preservation and city planning. He has extensive experience in consulting local governments, foundations, and nonprofit organizations on fundraising, site planning, historic preservation, and long-range planning.