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Robert Petty, lead advisor

Director of Field Support (Western States), National Audubon Society

Robert Petty, lead advisor

Robert Petty works for National Audubon Society’s Education and Centers department as Director of Field Support—Western States. He has been on Audubon's staff since 1997, hired initially by the Montana State Office and serving as Director of Education through 2005. He has led numerous conservation and education programs in the US, Mexico, and South America and was on the founding boards of several conservation education organizations including the Montana Environmental Education Association. In 1995 he received the Partners in Flight award for education.

A native of Indiana, Bob received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in painting from the University of Montana. He worked for several years as a scientific illustrator at UM and has illustrated several books and numerous scientific publications. He was the featured artist for the 2010 International Migratory Bird Day.

Passionate about birds since childhood, he is a skilled naturalist and educator. An experienced conservationist, Bob has direct experience in the identification and protection of Important Bird Areas and in engaging local community groups in monitoring, conserving and restoring critical habitat. Bob makes his home in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana with his wife Margaret and son Jack.