Detroit Audubon has two dedicated part-time staff members that work diligently to run our public and in-class education programs, field trips, citizen science projects, bird population monitoring research efforts, and office administration.
Bailey, a native Michigander and lifelong nature lover, is our new Program Coordinator. After spending her first eighteen years in the Detroit area, she packed up and headed out west to Washington, where she received a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Whitman College and a Master’s in Education (with a focus on community and environmental education) from the University of Washington. Over the last ten years, Bailey has worked in a wide variety of settings, such as: the coastal rainforest of Washington, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a wastewater treatment plant, and, most recently, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Bailey has also worked as a preschool teacher and managed the nature center for Tamarack Camps, where she was lucky enough to care for a red-tailed hawk and a snowy owl. Bailey’s passion lies in fostering meaningful connections between people and the natural world, a pursuit she is excited to continue in her work with Detroit Audubon.
Research Associate & Office Administrator
Our Research Associate and Office Manager, Ava Landgraf, began working with Detroit Audubon 2 years ago as an intern through Semester in Detroit at the University of Michigan. Ava graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science focusing on Animal Conservation and Behavior. From there, she went on to study endangered parrot nesting behavior in Bolivia with the World Parrot Trust. She continued her work with birds at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas and interned at the National Aviary through their education and programs department. Ava spent the 3 summers working as a wild bird rehabilitator at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County. While working at the Bird Center, she continued to volunteer for Detroit Audubon, assisting with bird point counts , Black Tern banding, the Christmas Bird Count, and Detroit Bird City planning. Now, after all her volunteer work, she is leading these programs! Ava’s goal is to make experiences with nature accessible for all people.