Meet the Staff and Interns

John Takekawa, San Francisco Bay Program Director, 415-388-2524 x108

John’s most recent assignment was as the Director of Bird Conservation for National Audubon Society, but in his new position, his role will be to help set strategic directions and guidance for the San Francisco Bay Program. Prior to 2014, John worked for 33 years as a supervisory research biologist for the USGS and USFWS and founded the USGS San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station in 1995. He initiated programs in San Francisco Bay on migratory and endemic waterbirds, salt pond ecology and restoration, foraging ecology and contaminant effects on waterfowl and shorebirds, tidal marsh wetland restoration, and climate change effects on estuarine habitats, and he built the field station into an office supporting 30 full-time staff including postdocs, graduate students, and interns. John has coauthored more than 210 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and he has developed partnerships for conservation of waterbirds and wetlands in the estuary, on the Pacific coast, and internationally. A resident of the Bay Area for more than 25 years, John is a native Minnesotan with an undergraduate degree in Forestry and Wildlife from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University.

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, Engagement and Operations Manager, 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, interns and youth to deliver Audubon Adventure Summer Camp. Her other responsibilities include sanctuary operations, managing property and facility improvements, and managing our events vendor.

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.

Kerry Wilcox, Waterbird Program Manager, 415-388-2524 x101

Kerry studied Biology at Tufts University and San Francisco State University, and prior to Audubon spent a decade as an avian field biologist throughout the United States, Mexico, and a much-too-brief stint on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Organizations he previously worked for include the Institute for Bird Populations, PRBO (Pt. Blue Conservation Science) and the National Park ServiceHe currently oversees the Waterbird Program at the Center, which focuses on advocating for and protecting populations of waterbirds throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  He also is significantly involved with the Aramburu Island and Sonoma Creek Enhancement Projects, especially biological monitoring. If he's not birding, he can be found taking photos or playing guitar.

Courtney Gutman, Restoration Program Manager, 415-388-2524 x104

Courtney was drawn to the skyscraping redwoods and active lifestyles of Santa Cruz where she pursued a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She graduated with more than a BA, but also a passion for nature and the intimate relationships humans have with it. Since Courtney’s first job as a Forest Ecology Research Technician at UCSC ,  she has brought people closer to the natural world around them as an Outdoor Educator in the Sierra Nevadas, an AmeriCorps member for the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, a Garden and Arts Teacher with A Living Library in San Francisco and even a Children’s Ski/Snowboard instructor in breathtaking South Lake Tahoe.  Courtney returned to Audubon in 2014 to help guide the Aramburu Island Enhancement Project as Restoration Field Technician where her focus is invasive plant removal, native plant propagation and planting and biotic and abiotic surveying until its proposed close in 2017. When there’s time Courtney enjoys her other passions in sharing nature with friends and family through hiking, biking, snowboarding, horseback riding, and traveling the world. 

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