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Kristal Stoner Named Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska

The National Audubon Society and Audubon Nebraska announced the appointment of Kristal Stoner as Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska and Vice President of National Audubon Society. Kristal joins Audubon after a successful tenure at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, where she most recently served as wildlife diversity program manager.

“Birds are a captivating link to the natural world and an incredible lens through which to view our greatest conservation challenges. They provide hope and beauty to our daily lives. Protecting birds and the places they need to thrive in Nebraska is critical to the conservation of the greater Central Flyway and the people who live in it,” said Stoner. “Audubon Nebraska has a strong foundation of support and is primed for growth. The timing is perfect to expand our partnerships and evolve our strategic plan for even greater impact.”

As head of Audubon Nebraska, Kristal will oversee conservation strategies spanning across the state’s prairies, rivers, working lands, and bird-friendly communities. In the coming months, Kristal will meet with partners, donors, funders and chapter members to strengthen community connections and lay the groundwork for Audubon Nebraska to address new conservation challenges including drought, habitat loss and climate change.

“Nebraska provides key habitat for Sandhill Cranes, which complete one of the world’s most impressive wildlife migrations, stopping along the Platte River,” said Brian Trusty, vice president of the Central Flyway for National Audubon Society. “Kristal’s expertise is a great fit for our work in the state and we look forward to her leadership.”

At the Game and Parks Commission, Kristal implemented Nebraska’s State Wildlife Action Plan to conserve at-risk species by developing and coordinating initiatives across multiple divisions within the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). She also managed the Nebraska Natural Legacy Partnership Team, which provides guidance for Nebraska’s Wildlife Action Plan implementation. Team included members from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations representing wildlife conservation, agriculture, and education.

Kristal holds a Masters of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska
at Lincoln and a B.S. in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

The National Audubon Society has named 2018 as the Year of the Bird, stating emphatically that the time is now to save the birds, if they are to be saved. Their survival is at the point of crisis, and the culprit in the bird numbers’ precipitous decline is no secret. It is climate change, the science of which has “careful and thorough.” For this gigantic task and to emphasize the need for immediate action, a $10 million gift was given by the Overlook International Foundation.

The alarming fact is that three quarters of bird species are severely threatened by global warming.

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LBJ (Little Brown Job) is a term often used by bird watchers to describe a little brownish bird that they don’t have the patience to identify. Most birds passed off as LBJs are likely to be sparrows. Don’t let yourself fall into the LBJ cop-out trap.

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