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Meet the Staff

Rebecca Schwartz Lesberg, San Francisco Bay Program Director, 415-388-2524 x108

Rebecca leads Audubon California's San Francisco Bay Program, using science-based conservation to protect one of North America's most important estuary systems. Focusing on the intersection of policy, science, restoration, and management, the San Francisco Bay Program works across disciplines and ecosystems to conserve birds and their habitats. 

Prior to this role, Rebecca led the conservation program at San Diego Audubon, where she worked since 2012 to protect and restore coastal habitats for birds in Southern California. After San Diego Audubon, Rebecca relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to head Coastal Policy Solutions, where she worked with non-profit partners (including San Diego Audubon and Audubon California) throughout the state to advance on the ground conservation action. 

With experience in the private and non-profit sectors, including as a Biologist for AMEC Foster Wheeler and later as Director of Conservation for San Diego Audubon, she understands the varied interests involved in conservation. Rebecca holds a Bachelors of Science in Ecology from UC San Diego and conducted graduate work at the University of San Diego studying the historical ecology of sportfishing in San Diego Bay.

Rebecca has been published in the San Diego Union Tribune and featured in the Los Angeles Times, and was awarded a 2014 President's Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama.

Andrea Jones, Director of Bird Conservation (CA), 415-388-2524 x113

Andrea leads our coastal programs and works with staff and the network of Audubon chapters across the state to implement conservation projects at high priority Important Bird Areas (IBAs). She oversee our efforts in priority bird species and serves as the spokeswoman for bird conservation across California. Prior to California, Andrea worked at Massachusetts Audubon where she served as the Director of the Coastal Waterbird Program. Andrea received her M.S. in Wildlife Conservation/Ornithology and her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a past board member and continues to volunteer for her local Audubon chapter, Morro Coast Audubon.

Casey Arndt, Center Director, 415-388-2524 x111

Casey focuses on Richardson Bay’s Audubon Youth Leaders program, working with teens from alternative programs and the juvenile justice system on conservation leadership. Casey manages a staff of summer employees and seasonal biologists, interns and youth to deliver Audubon Adventure Summer Camp. Her other responsibilities include sanctuary operations, managing property and facility improvements, and managing our events and outeach.

Before coming to Audubon, Casey spend 10 years working with youth in formal and informal environmental education settings, taught special education, and was a volunteer firefighter for the Seward Volunteer Fire Department in Alaska. Prior to her work, she received her B.A. in poetry and creative writing at a small liberal arts college and is originally from an Athabascan village of 300 people in rural Alaska. Casey grew up mushing a sled dog team, driving snowmachines, and immersing herself in the Alaskan wilderness. When she's not working, Casey loves birdwatching, being in nature, and writing.

Julia J. Kelly, PhD, San Francisco Bay Program Conservation Manager, 415-388-2524 x101

Julia manages our conservation and restoration programs.  She oversees our bird monitoring program during the winter sanctuary closure, coordinates the Aramburu Island restoration project, and is working to develop new bird conservation initiatives in the Bay.  Julia is also working on eelgrass conservation related to the Pacific herring and waterbird food web. 

Julia is thrilled to be back on the California coast studying the San Francisco Bay ecosystem. She earned her PhD in Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying the effects of spruce beetle outbreaks and logging on bird communities in subalpine forests. Her research highlights the importance of bark beetle outbreaks for American three-toed Woodpecker populations in the Rockies. She is a biogeographer at heart, focusing on avian ecology and conservation. As an undergrad at UCLA, she studied the rare Loggerhead Shrike subspecies (Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi) endemic to the northern Channel Islands. Using a combination of remote sensing and field-based research, she obtained the first quantitative population estimate of this unique island race. Highlights from island excursions include close encounters with adorable endemic foxes, barbecuing the last wild boar eradicated from the island, learning to drive stick on 25% grade dirt roads, and watching shrikes skewer lizards. Her fascination with island endemism and birds is best described by David Quammen's "Song of the Dodo."

Erin Barry, Biological Aide, 415-388-2524 x109

Erin is excited to work on different conservation and outreach projects with Richardson Bay Audubon. She graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Fish Conservation Biology in June of 2015. During college between classes, work, and being an active member of the Cal Aggie Band-uh! where she played both clarinet and trumpet, she was working on any research project she could. Her favorite was the Wood Duck Project which she worked on for 3 seasons, monitoring a local breeding population checking nest boxes. She even had the privilege of a few of the ducklings hatching in her hand. This experience helped her to fall in love with research.

Since graduating she has done many different things, she worked for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for 2 years as a Tour Guide Operator getting the unique opportunity to teach guests about 40 different species of African Wildlife and Conservation, between work shifts she volunteered with San Diego Audubon helping to restore critical habitat for the endangered California Least Tern. Last summer she was given the opportunity to move to a small town of Bowman, North Dakota where she spent 4 months monitoring a relocated population of Greater Sage Grouse. Teaching local ranchers about the bird to help bolster support for the species to help the species to thrive in North Dakota, an area they have gone nearly extinct in.  She found this work very rewarding and hopes to continue to help save wildlife at every turn of life. During her free time, Erin goes out bird watching, does wildlife photography, and likes watching Netflix while solving a difficult Sudoku puzzle.

Joey Negreann, Biological Aide, 415-388-2524 x109

Joey helps with a plethora of tasks at the Sanctuary. He helps, alongside Erin, manage the volunteer programs, the native plant nursery, bird surveys, and community engagement.

Joey has spent the last two and a half years playing and working around the Bay Area for the National Park Service. His California adventure started at Pinnacles National Park helping to manage the volunteer program. He led a variety of projects from trail maintenance to habitat restoration to litter cleanups. He also help create the Pinnacles Service Youth Crew (PYSC) a program that engages local youth in volunteer projects once a month. He then migrated to the North Bay to work at Point Reyes National Seashore. He spent another year working on volunteer programs helping to manage the park-wide programs. The last six months he has worked with the habitat restoration program doing removal of invasive plants (mostly jubata grass) in the backcountry. Notable memories from these experiences have been helping to track California condors, spotted owl surveys, tramping through fields of Poison oak to find jubata plants, and countless hours spent in beautiful areas of the parks.        


 

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