Jennie MacFarland works at Tucson Audubon Society and lives in Tucson, Arizona. Jennie has been interested in nature from a very young age and in birds in particular since elementary school. When she put on her first pair of glasses in second grade and looked out the window and for the first time saw the individual leaves on a tree and then a bird sitting within the tree, that was it! Jennie has been hooked on birds ever since.
Through school Jennie competed in various academic competitions and once competed on the national level in Science Olympiad and won first place in the “For the Birds” ornithology event.
In 2010 Jennie graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Wildlife Conservation and Management from the School of Natural Resources. That same month she was hired by Tucson Audubon Society to work in the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and currently coordinates the program with our partners Audubon Arizona and Arizona Game and Fish. Jennie is also the coordinator for the Tucson Bird Count and organizes several large scale citizen science efforts in SE Arizona each year including Elegant Trogon surveys of five SE Arizona Sky Island mountain ranges and western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys. After living in Tucson for over 20 years, Jennie is still amazed and delighted at the beauty and rich bird life of this region and is thrilled to be doing work with bird conservation.