Former Indiana Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist, Brad Bumgardner, has been selected as

executive director for the Indiana Audubon Society.

Bumgardner starts with the society this month. He is the first executive director for the statewide


Bumgardner began his career at Pokagon State Park, near Angola, In, and was most recently the

head of the interpretive services at Indiana Dunes State Park, in Chesterton. He oversaw the

creation of the successful and award-winning Indiana Dunes Birding Festival during his tenure

with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Connersville based Indiana Audubon

Society, founded in 1898, is the oldest conservation organization continuously operating in

Indiana and predates the formation of the National Audubon Society.

“Bumgardner will lead the society as it focuses on inspiring a new generation of conservationists

statewide, through its stewardship programs in education, conservation, and citizen science

initiatives.” Indiana Audubon president, Jeff Canada, said in statement announcing

Bumgardner’s appointment.

“Indiana Audubon is a great organization, and its goals and vision couldn’t be any more

important right now,” said Bumgardner. “Growing up as a camping kid around the state, I got

the opportunity to see all the great resources that we’ve protected, but I also saw potential. I see

the opportunity to get the word out on what Indiana Audubon is doing, and how nature

enthusiasts can learn why these places, including IAS’s own Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, are so

important to birds and other wildlife.”

Bumgardner has also served as the society’s president from 2012-2014. He also serves on the

board for the Northwest Indiana Migratory Bird Association. He will work out of Chesterton,

where he lives with his family.

Media contact: Jeff Canada, IAS President (317) 370-6498,


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