Published on July 30, 2018

A Message from Our New Director

Amy Weidensaul, IR Sanctuary Director

I’m really excited to join the Mass Audubon team as the Sanctuary Director of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. I grew up in Massachusetts and, after a long career with the National Audubon Society in Maryland and Pennsylvania, I’m returning home.

I’ve worked with Audubon Pennsylvania since 2009, most recently as Deputy Director of Conservation & Engagement, focusing on the state office’s education programs and on-the-ground habitat improvement. From 1998 to 2008, I worked for National Audubon’s state program in Maryland and Washington, DC, much of that time managing a 1,000-acre sanctuary on the Eastern Shore.

I earned a Bachelor's in biology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master’s in educational leadership from Lehigh University. I’m about to complete a PhD at Antioch University in New Hampshire focusing on lifelong impacts of youth environmental education programs.

I’m incredibly excited to work with staff to apply what I’ve learned over the years to the vibrant programs that Ipswich River and its sister sanctuaries already offer.

And speaking of the staff, I’m humbled to be able to work with such an incredible cast of conservation and education professionals—and I know I have tremendously big shoes to fill, with the retirement of former Ipswich River Sanctuary Director Carol Decker.

Everyone’s been wonderfully welcoming, and as I settle in, I look forward to meeting all of you as we think about how we can all build on the solid foundation of programming already in place.

Warm regards,

Amy Weidensaul
Sanctuary Director