Detroit Audubon has three 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.
Sarah Halson is excited to join Detroit Audubon as the new Program Coordinator and have the opportunity to connect more people with this beautiful environment we share with birds. Sarah received a degree in Environmental Studies and Science, Technology and Society from Pitzer College in California where she developed a love of environmental education working with local elementary students and spending a semester learning and living in Nepal. After relocating to the Detroit area twenty years ago, Sarah has worked designing and implementing programs across Metro Detroit: as a naturalist at several local nature centers, as the Environmental Education Director at The Greening of Detroit and most recently as a Curriculum Coach with Southeastern Michigan Stewardship Coalition. Sarah believes in the importance of opening the eyes, minds and hearts of people to our invaluable and intrinsic connection to the natural world we share.
Our Research Coordinator, Ava Landgraf, began working with Detroit Audubon in 2016 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. Her favorite bird is the underappreciated Rock Dove.
Our new and first ever Office Administrator, Noah Levinson, comes to Detroit Audubon from a career in education and the cultural arts. Born and raised in Huntington Woods, Michigan, Noah completed undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in American Culture before shipping up to Boston where he worked for several years as a behavior specialist in Boston Public Schools. Returning to school in 2014, Noah received his Master’s in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta in 2016. Noah was previously a volunteer with Detroit Audubon for our Safe Passages program. He has worked as an oral historian, archivist, and in administration and development for a variety of organizations including the Detroit Historical Society, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Brilliant Detroit, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Noah is thrilled to join Detroit Audubon and we are equally thrilled to welcome him!