Bill Gette is the former Sanctuary Director at the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.
Bill, a skilled teacher and field trip leader, has been leading domestic and international natural history expeditions since 1986. He has led very successful programs throughout the United States and to all seven continents. His travel adventures have included Antarctica, Bhutan, Botswana, Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.
As Sanctuary Director, Bill took a leadership role in bird research and public education concerning birds and bird conservation. He established, and continues to direct, the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station, a research and education facility operated in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He also conducted the Certificate Program in Bird Ecology to train Naturalist Guides in Belize.
Since retirement, Bill continues to lead domestic and international travel programs for Mass Audubon, teach the Birder’s Certificate Program at Joppa Flats, and conduct workshops and lectures at Joppa Flats and for civic groups, birding organizations, and retirement communities. All of these programs are focused on enhancing the public's knowledge about bird and to stimulate a conservation ethic.
Bill developed his passion for natural history education as a teen working at the National Audubon Society's Audubon Camp of Maine on Hog Island, and while studying loggerhead turtles on Little Cumberland Island, Georgia.