Matthew Jeffery

Former Deputy Director, Audubon Americas

Matt worked at Audubon from 2006 to 2022, playing a lead role in developing Audubon’s hemispheric conservation programs that support full lifecycle conservation of migrant bird species. Today the programs operate across The Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia and Chile. 

Matt’s accomplishments with Audubon include the discovery and conservation of wintering populations of endangered Piping Plovers across the Bahamas which led to the protection of 92,000-acre Joulter Cays National Park. Working with partners to securing 250,000 acres of mangroves and coastal habitat in the Bay of Panama, Panama and designing and managing Audubon Bird-Based Tourism program which has built the capacity of over 700 community guides and stimulated this green economy in five countries in the Americas. Matt represented Audubon on the Bahamas National Trust’s Council, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and was a contributing writer for the hemispheric bird conservation initiatives including the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Conservation Initiative and Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Initiative.

Articles by Matthew Jeffery

A New Sanctuary in Chile Will Protect the Red Knot’s Winter Home
April 17, 2020 — Important Bird Area Bahía Lomas is now a protected nature sanctuary.
Key Paraguayan IBA being destroyed
October 13, 2010