Don Riepe has 25 years experience as a naturalist and manager of the National Park System’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Don is knowledgeable about and a staunch defender of wildlife and habitat in the urban littoral zone. Don frequently leads domestic and international field trips for the Society.
He has led the Society’s efforts to coordinate the International Coastal Cleanup for the state of New York for more than 30 years and initiated the derelict boat removal program known as Jamaica Bay Clean Sweep.
In 2004 he assumed the role of the Jamaica Bay Guardian, a title designated to him by the NYS-DEC.
Don has written many articles on natural history subjects and his photographs have been published in many journals including Scientific American, National Wildlife, Audubon, Defenders, Underwater Naturalist, Parade and The New York Times.
He holds a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of New Hampshire and has taught a course in Wildlife Management at St. John’s University. Currently, he serves as an advisory board member for NYC Audubon, Co-Chair, Jamaica Bay Task Force; and Chair, Wildlife Hazard Task Force, JFK Airport.
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Don sits on the Board of the NYC Audubon Society and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and is a founding member and Secretary/Treasurer of the NYC Butterfly Club.
Don's work has been published in Scientific American, National Wildlife, Audubon, Defenders, Underwater Naturalist, Parade and The New York Times
Jamaica Bay Program Director Emeritus
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