BCR 175: Jason Guerard, BSBO Outreach Director

Jason Guerard is a native Floridian who grew up exploring the woods and family farm, which became the basis for his love of the outdoors and environmental ethic.  He earned a degree from Northland College in Ashland, WI, majoring in Outdoor Education/Natural History.  Jason brings a diverse background of rich experiences to the Outreach Director position including research, environmental education, and retail management.  He spent a number of summers working at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island, where he was instrumental in delivering ornithological programs along Maine’s mid-coast to teens, families, and adults. While working with the University of Maryland, he studied Grasshopper Sparrows on a restored grassland on Maryland’s  Eastern Shore. Jason has spent more hours than he can count scanning the skies atop hawkwatch platforms such as Braddock Bay in Hilton, NY and Cape May, NJ.  He returned to Cape May years later to live and bird year round while working for the Cape May Bird Observatory as the Sale Manager of the Northwood Center nature store. Jason has an extensive background in bird monitoring (he is a US Army Corps of Engineers certified bird monitor), guiding/leading field trips, and brings ten years of bird banding experience.  He has led a World Series of Birding team to victory (more than once), enjoys photographing nature, and loves to share his passion for birds with the community he surrounds himself with. Most of all, he enjoys spending time outside with his family.

Show Notes: 

  • What early experiences in the natural world helped shape your early interests?
  • First natural history gig after college was at the Audubon Camp in Maine.
  • Field research and studies as a freelance naturalist for Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences/North Carolina State University, Braddock Bay Raptor Research and New Jersey Audubon Society, Cape May Bird Observatory.
  • Project manager and faculty research assistant for the University of Maryland
  • New Jersey Audubon Society, Cape May Bird Observatory as sales manager,
  • A stint as a middle school Environmental Science Educator.
  • Florida you also had freelance gigs with LG2 Environmental Solutions and Florida Audubon. Is this when you got you US Army Corps of Engineers Bird Monitor Certificate?
  • families move to North West Ohio, we know you were not growing soybeans?
  • How long did it take for the sharp folks at BSBO to become aware of your unique skill set and put you to work on the BWIAB?
  • In 2018 you were named project coordinator for the Biggest Week and this year you ran the 10thAnniversary festivities again in May of 2019.  Give us the high level view of the single largest birding event in North America from your perspective.

Mentioned In Episode:

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

The Thrushy Award

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