We are delighted to introduce Michael Goldman as the new Conservation and Outreach Manager for Grange Insurance Audubon Center who joined us on January 17, 2017. Originally hailing from Beachwood, Ohio, Michael joins us from sunny Orlando, Florida where he was the education manager at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey for the past two years. With a degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and a Master of Science in Environmental and Outdoor Education from SUNY Cortland, Michael is a Certified Interpretive Guide and is a member of the National Association of Interpretation. Between schooling, he served in the United States Peace Corps in the country of Senegal hosting science-themed radio shows and teaching sustainable urban agriculture. Enthusiastic and passionate about nature and conservation, Michael is known for his educational YouTube videos and can entertain and educate any audience with his story telling and music. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, playing guitar and wildlife photography. Although he enjoyed living in Florida and Senegal he truly prefers a colder climate without the alligators and hurricanes.
Michael, in collaboration with our community partners, will be leading our efforts to create and encourage Bird Friendly Communities throughout central Ohio. He will help develop and implement programming and workshops for Grange Audubon to engage children and adults in our conservation work at the center and throughout the community. We expect him to “hit the ground running,” but if you can catch him, be sure to give him a hearty welcome to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.