Mass Audubon Names David Moon New Director At Joppa Flats

Release Date:
February 1, 2016

NEWBURYPORT—Mass Audubon has appointed David Moon as the new director of its Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport. Moon succeeds Bill Gette, who is retiring after 20 years with the respected conservation organization.

Mass Audubon Regional Director Andrea Lukens described Moon as an “ideal successor” to Gette, who was instrumental in the 2003 opening of the popular Education Center on the Plum Island Turnpike.

“David is an enthusiastic teacher, administrator, and naturalist, an avid birder and trip leader, and a true ambassador for connecting people with nature,” Lukens said. “With those attributes and others, we expect he’ll further broaden Joppa Flats’ opportunities and potential, while honoring the best of the Education Center’s traditions developed during Bill’s remarkable tenure.”

Moon most recently served on the faculty of the Putney School in Putney, VT., where he taught life sciences to 10th-12th graders and developed ornithology as an academic course. Previous to that position, he served as executive director of the Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory in Keene, NH and earlier taught science and ecology in Pennsylvania, Costa Rica, and New Hampshire.

A career science educator and non-profit manager with a commitment to engaging multiple communities and audiences, Moon holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in Keene and a B.S. degree in Biology from Haverford College in Haverford, PA.

"Joppa Flats Education Center is one of our best places to teach about birds and coastal ecosystems, and where we can advocate for their protection.” Moon said. “I'm honored and delighted to join Mass Audubon in that effort!"


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