Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Director Announced

New Jersey Audubon Names David La Puma, Ph. D. as new Director of Cape May Bird Observatory
Cape May, NJ – June 3, 2014 – New Jersey Audubon (NJA) announced that David La Puma, Ph. D., has joined the team as director of the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO).

David brings more than a decade of experience in ecological research to the CMBO; research that has focused on conservation of endangered species and identification of important stopover habitats for migrating birds.

“We are very excited to have David join CMBO. His experience in bird conservation and research, educational skills and leadership in the birding community will allow us to grow and promote CMBO; maintain its excellent reputation; and further establish it as a top bird observatory in North America,” said Eric Stiles, NJA President and CEO. 

As director of CMBO, David will be responsible for leadership and direction of the Bird Observatory’s two sites in Cape May County (Northwood Center in Cape May Point and the Center for Research and Education in Goshen).  He will be fully engaged in all program platforms, fund raising and special events.

A talented teacher and natural leader, David has developed and delivered educational and instructional material to thousands of students, from ages five to 95. One of his greatest strengths is using his personal experience and social networking skills to bring diverse individuals together to work toward common goals.

“I am honored and humbled to become the new Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory,” Dr. La Puma explained. “Because CMBO is backed by a strong team of NJ Audubon staff in Research, Stewardship, Education and Public Policy, we can deal with tough conservation issues, provide data to address major questions and serve large numbers of people. I look forward to working with NJ Audubon staff, CMBO staff and volunteers, and the greater Cape May and Mid-Atlantic communities to lead CMBO into the future by meeting the needs of our constituents in a strong and sustainable manner.”