Mass Audubon Names Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries Director

Jonah Keane Succeeds Longtime Conservation Leader Mary Shanley-Koeber at Arcadia

Release Date:
December 19, 2013

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon has named Jonah Keane as the new Director of its Connecticut River Valley wildlife sanctuaries.

Keane, 38, comes to Mass Audubon after eight years with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the respected national service learning and youth development organization. He succeeds Mary Shanley-Koeber, who retired in September after a 26-year tenure. His first day will be January 8th.

Prior to his work with SCA, Keane was with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, first as a volunteer providing environmental education and later as a Volunteer Coordinator. He holds a Master’s degree in Forest Ecosystem Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont.

The longtime Shelburne Falls area resident also sits on the board of directors of The Literacy Project in Greenfield.

Keane described his new position as a perfect fit, professionally and personally.

“I really couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining Mass Audubon in the Connecticut River Valley,” he said. “What's not to be excited about?  This is truly important work that I'm passionate about, with a highly respected organization, in a place that I love. To say it’s a dream job is not an overstatement.”

 Added Mass Audubon Central/West Regional Director Gail Yeo, “Jonah has a passion for the environment and the natural and cultural resources of the Connecticut River Valley, in particular, because this is where he grew up. We are delighted to have him taking on this critical leadership role.”

Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley sanctuaries include Arcadia in Northampton and Easthampton, Graves Farm in Williamsburg and Whately, Laughing Brook in Hampden, and Lynes Woods in Westhampton.

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Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.