Audubon Vermont is pleased to announce that Tim Duclos is joining the team as our new Forest Program Senior Associate. On behalf of the board and staff, please join us in welcoming Tim!
Director of Conservation, Jillian Liner states “It is an exciting time at Audubon Vermont and we are fortunate to have someone with Tim’s experience, knowledge, and passion join our conservation team. I look forward to seeing our forest program grow as a result of Tim’s contribution and dedication.”
Tim is a native Vermonter with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His passion for conservation extends back to teenage years spent at the Green Mountain Conservation Camps. In times since, he has worked with birds in almost every role he has held in his career.
His passion for Northern Forest birds really took flight after becoming involved with the work of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, where he fell in love with the Bicknell’s Thrush and mountain conservation. This led to his graduate studies where Tim conducted pioneering research with the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center and USFS Northern Forest Research Station investigating the role that climate and forests play in shaping the avian communities of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduate school, Tim returned to Vermont where he combined his knowledge of forest birds with the field of forestry at Merck Forest & Farmland Center.
In his role as Forest Program Senior Associate Tim will advance the goals of the Healthy Forest Initiative to ensure forests remain healthy and resilient despite increasing threats and climate change for the benefit of birds and people. He will also assist with training foresters on bird-friendly management practices, conduct field assessments, develop habitat management recommendations for forest owners and land trusts, and work with foresters and other land managers to implement forest management.
For Tim, his passion for birds is rooted in the functional application of the story that avian diversity tells in terms of ecosystem health - and the connections that all people can have with conservation through our feathered friends. “Inspired by a childhood spent in the woods of rural Vermont, at my core, my dream has been to work directly within our forests and with those stewarding those forests. I am honored and incredibly excited to serve Audubon Vermont, its partners, and its many stakeholders in this exciting new role.”
Growing up off-the-grid in rural Vermont his interest in avian conservation also directly relates to the importance of working lands. Today, he continues this legacy himself, homesteading on 35 acres in Dorset, Vermont with his fiancé Carolyn and their pup, Rodeo. Beside working the land, Tim spends his free time occupied by many passions involving the mountains, the waters, and woods.