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
“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, firstname.lastname@example.org