Jonathan (Jon) Hayes, Executive Director
Jon Hayes has strong conservation expertise through his professional experience at multiple levels in public service. Over the last decade, Hayes has built strong partnerships between public and private organizations to provide scalable conservation outcomes across multiple types of ecosystems. He has specifically focused on meaningful programs that conserve native bird species and the habitats they rely on.
Hayes served with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative where he was responsible for guiding multi-organizational development and implementation of applied research projects. In this capacity, he coordinated landscape-level cooperative projects in a six-state region amongst federal agencies, state wildlife agencies, and multiple non-profit organizations focused on improving conservation effectiveness in western grassland and riparian ecosystems. Additionally, he has served with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV), working at a programmatic level to implement regional conservation efforts aimed at restoring declining grassland bird populations. Among his achievements in this role was the development of the OPJV Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, which was responsible for the improvement of grassland habitat quality on over 60,000 acres of private working lands in Texas.
Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Population and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana.
Elizabeth (Beth) Bardwell, Director of Conservation
Beth Bardwell lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico on the Rio Grande with her husband and two daughters. Beth has a Masters of Science in Biology from New Mexico State University (1999) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law (1987). Her legal practice included labor law, Indian law, and criminal law, including work for the Navajo Nation and the City of Flagstaff, Arizona. After seven years practicing law, she fell in love with birding and returned to school to study biology. While at NMSU, Beth completed her Masters’ research on the adaptive significance of bill shape in Western Scrub Jays. Since receiving her Masters, Beth has been working to conserve freshwater and rivers within New Mexico and the Rio Grande basin through on-the-ground restoration and water policy reform at the local, state and federal level. In cooperation with the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, she spearheaded New Mexico’s first public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop and implement a cooperative, market-based environmental water transaction program on the Rio Grande in Southern New Mexico. The objective of the water transaction program is to acquire water rights from willing sellers to benefit riparian habitat at 30 sites totaling over 500 acres by 2019. Prior to her current position at Audubon, Beth was a Program Officer for the Chihuahuan Desert Program of the World Wildlife Fund.
Paul Tashjian, Freshwater Associate Director
Paul a long-time resident of New Mexico, leads Audubon New Mexico’s multi-faceted Freshwater Conservation Program. Prior to Audubon, he worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwestern Region for 26 years. His expertise includes water management and water protection for wildlife, river restoration, water law, and wetland workshop coordination. Paul was the founder and coordinator of the Bosque Hydrology Group, an inter-agency, inter-university think tank that focused on the physical restoration of the Middle Rio Grande. His recent work includes quantifying and protecting National Wildlife Refuge water rights, conducting studies and workshops to improve wetland management, and coordinating river restoration projects associated with Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Tashjian earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a minor in geology from Colorado College, and a Master’s of Science in Geology from Temple University. He also has completed numerous advanced educational courses and professional trainings associated with water law, environmental law, geomorphology, climatology, geochemistry, and hydrology. Paul is a member of the board for the New Mexico Water Dialogue and the President of the Albuquerque Bosque Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Paul enjoys his work greatly and loves finding creative and collaborative solutions to vexing water challenges. When he’s not stomping around on a National Wildlife Refuge, you might find him fly fishing in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, photographing Sandhill Cranes near Bernardo, New Mexico, or enjoying a burrito with his family at a local Albuquerque restaurant.
Scot Pipkin, Director of Community Education
Scot Pipkin developed a love for the natural world at an early age. Eschewing the beach in his native San Diego, CA, in favor of wandering the hills and chaparral of “East County,” Scot discovered the wonder of learning from the mountains.
As an undergraduate at UCLA, Scot was formally introduced to birding and bird conservation, helping study the Santa Cruz Island subspecies of loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi). This experience, combined with work as an outdoor guide leading backpacking, rock climbing, and hiking trips throughout the Southwest made him realize the power of connecting people to the joys of observing nature. Since that time, he has committed himself to sharing his passion with as many people as he can, developing and delivering content to pre-K through adults in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Most recently, he served as Public Access Manager for Tejon Ranch Conservancy, where he developed environmental education programming, trained multiple cohorts of citizen scientists and naturalists, and collaboratively developed a 5-year plan for the evolution of these programs.
In addition to a B.A. in Geography, Scot holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona and is particularly interested in both experiential landscapes and measuring design performance for habitat values. He is thrilled to be working for Audubon New Mexico, where he wishes to build on Audubon’s great tradition of school and community programs, citizen science, and advocacy for the birds.
Mark Madsen, Eastern New Mexico Education/Outreach Manager
Mark is a native New Mexican, and his love of the outdoors started at a young age spending time hunting and fishing with his family. In high school, he dreamed of being a marine biologist. Plans changed when he realized that there are things in the ocean that could swallow you whole and not even know it. Actually, it wasn't effective which led Mark to pursue his passion for the outdoors by becoming a wildlife biologist. He is an avid sportsman and enjoys passing that heritage and knowledge on to others including his grandkids. Mark has over twenty-five years of experience as a wildlife biologist. He served in varying roles while at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish including wildlife culturist at Red River Fish Hatchery and habitat specialist and game manager for southeastern New Mexico. Most of Mark’s career centered around building relationships with sportsmen, landowners and land management agencies on management opportunities dealing primarily with game species. Mark completed his career with Game and Fish as a public information/outreach specialist, which included teaching conservation education and other wildlife-related topics to students from preschool to senior adults.
Mark holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a minor in Geology from Eastern New Mexico University. He is also a certified hunter safety and bow hunter education instructor and a National Archery in the Schools instructor trainer, and continues to assist with events and teach workshops in those fields. Mark is excited about working for Audubon New Mexico and looks forward to continuing to reach and teach people about the importance of conservation in New Mexico.
Stella Reed, Development & Administrative Assistant
Stella Reed has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for thirty years. She has extensive experience with non-profits ranging from volunteer at the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cairns, Australia to management positions in healthcare. Much of her work has centered on education, development and outreach. Stella holds an MFA in creative writing from New England College. Examples of her writing can be found in The Bellingham Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and the Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art among other literary publications. A life-long admirer and student of birds, Stella is committed to the preservation of their habitats. She is an honorary member of her eleven-year old granddaughter’s Nature Trackers club.
Katie Weeks, Education Manager & Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary Summer Camp Director
Katie Weeks is a self proclaimed nature nerd. Her love was born in the mountains and oceans of Oahu, Hawaii, and was nurtured by Girl Scout camps and family National Park trips. This passion eventually led her to Kalamazoo College for her B.A. in Environmental Studies, and later to the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she earned her M.S. in Environmental Studies and Education.
With almost a decade of experience in teaching, environmental, and informal science education, she is a strong proponent for hands-on learning both inside the classroom and out in the natural world. Along the way, she has also worked at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology, and even taught preschool for a few years. Before moving out West, Katie managed a large summer camp program at the Museum of Life and Science in North Carolina. When she's not leading groups of kids around the Randall Davey Audubon Center, Katie loves to hike and make puns, much to the chagrin of her husband and dog.
Carl Beal, Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary Manager
Desiree Loggins, Regional Network Manager
Desiree Loggins is based in Albuquerque New Mexico where she is Regional Network Manager for multiple states in the Central Flyway including New Mexico. In state, she focues on supporting National Audubon's Freshwater and Western Waters initative's while also building connectionse with New Mexico's Chapter Network.
Before New Mexico, Desiree lived in California and worked as Chapter Network Manager for Audubon California for three years. Her focus was on building relationships, organizing mutually beneficial conservation projects in the Working Lands program, and developing capacity throughout Audubon’s Chapter Network. Desiree worked for the UC Natural Reserve System and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History before Audubon and received her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she focused on where ecology and social issues intersect. Desiree is an avid reader, slow paced backpacker, and is excitedly growing her home yoga practice.