Jason Ward is a birder, science nerd, and social activist from the Bronx. He currently lives in Georgia, where he leads bird walks and has done science surveys with the Atlanta Audubon Society. As a Fund II Apprentice Ward will assist with a variety of conservation and education programs including bird monitoring and banding, habitat restoration, field trips, and school and community outreach. Throughout the year, Ward will be working closely with the Atlanta Audubon Society and Birmingham Audubon. He will have a specific focus on developing relationships with local HBCU colleges and universities. In addition to working with staff on day-to-day operations, Ward will also engage with a variety of stakeholders in the Alabama Black Belt, a culturally rich and ecologically important rural area in the south-central part of the state.