Wayne Petersen is Mass Audubon’s Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) program. Wayne has led tours, lectured, and conducted birding workshops across North America for more than 35 years. His tour-leading experiences have taken him throughout North America, from the Arctic to Antarctica, to various destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Cuba, Iceland, Svalbard, five African countries, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Australia, and New Zealand.
Wayne was a founding member of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee, is President of Bird Observer magazine, is a New England Regional Editor for North American Birds and the New England Christmas Bird Count, and he serves on the advisory committee for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
His writing projects include authoring the National Audubon Society’s Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East), coauthoring Birds of Massachusetts and Birds of New England, co-editing the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 1 and 2, and contributing to The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, and Arctic Wings.
In 2005, Wayne was the recipient of the American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology. He is especially interested in seabirds and shorebirds, and he derives great satisfaction from sharing his knowledge of the natural world with his fellow colleagues and traveling companions.