David J. Ringer is the National Audubon Society’s communications director for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway. He leads communications strategy and activities for the Mississippi River Delta restoration campaign, broader Gulf Coast conservation and restoration efforts, citizen science, and forest, wetland and prairie work.
Before joining Audubon, David did PR and a wide variety of other communications and media work for several NGOs that work on sociolinguistic issues around the world, an experience which took him to more than 25 countries on six continents. He has also worked as a web developer and a biological field technician, and he authors articles on bird taxonomy and systematics and other natural history topics.
Having volunteered for local Audubon chapters since he was in high school, and with a lifelong interest in birds and other wildlife, David says he was excited to join the Audubon team full time in 2009. “Birds opened my eyes to the bigger realities of our own effects and dependence on the environment,” he says. “At Audubon, I get to work every day for the protection and flourishing of all life, including our own.”
“Everything comes together in the Mississippi River Delta,” he continued. “Land and water, river and sea, birds and people, past and future, failure and hope. This is a place where we can’t afford to fail – and we don’t have to. We can get this right, and the implications of that success will reach far beyond our borders and our own limited sense of time. And that's very exciting to me.”