Now that our new Coordinator has been welcomed, we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Brad Bales for his eight years as the U.S. Coordinator. He started with us in 2012, switching up from Oregon and Pacific Flyway waterfowl at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to the all-bird and multi-flyway Joint Venture.
Changing our name and securing a brand identity were at the top of the list when Brad came on board, and we are now well recognized as Pacific Birds. But those weren’t the only changes. Our geography is huge as are the challenges related to bird habitat conservation. With a lot of input from within and outside the JV, Brad led us through selecting conservation priorities to better focus our resources.
Brad also recognized that birds know no borders and supported the international component of our JV. While the U.S. and Canada have different JV structures, our broad conversation goals are aligned and Brad promoted work on the Fraser River Delta due its importance along the Pacific Americas Flyway.
Brad’s desire to get things done (the acres, the outreach, the plans) has been important, but his big heart, sense of humor and interest in connecting with people have been equally valued. All of us, above and below the 49th parallel, wish you the best in your retirement!
A note from Brad:
It is an exciting time for change at Pacific Birds with Monica coming onboard! Please reach out and welcome Monica if you have not already. I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to compliment you all for the ongoing synergy you create benefiting the species and the habitats we all care about. It was an honor to have been involved with such a great community. Thank you for everything you do!
With all my best,