Nat Seavy

Nat Seavy

Director of Migration Science, Migratory Bird Initiative, National Audubon Society

Dr. Nat Seavy is the Director of Migration Science for the Migratory Bird Initiative. In this position, Nat works with the Audubon Science Team to use the wealth of scientific knowledge about bird migration to engage people in the joy of migration and help them take action to protect the places that matter most across the Americas.


For over 25 years, Nat has worked on birds, wildlife ecology, and conservation in North America, Hawaii, Central America, and Africa. These projects have included research on tropical raptors, forest songbirds, African sunbirds, Pacific seabirds, and migratory birds in western North America. Nat’s research has contributed to developing solutions that integrate bird conservation with climate change, forest and wildfire management, river restoration, wildlife-friendly agriculture, and water management. 


Nat received his master’s in zoology from the University of Florida in 2001 and his Ph.D. from the same department in 2006. After graduating, Nat held a post-doctoral positions with the USGS in Hawaii and with UC Davis and Point Blue Conservation Science in California. From 2009 to 2019 Nat was the Research Director of the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group at Point Blue Conservation Science.


Nat has published more than 80 scientific papers and book chapters. Nat has been an adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and has served on California’s Bank Swallow Technical Advisory Committee and the Riparian Songbird Technical Committee of the Central Valley Joint Venture. Nat enjoys the process of bringing stakeholders, scientists, and data together to develop conservation solutions.

Articles by Nat Seavy

UN Report Finds Many Migratory Species in Existential Peril
March 14, 2024 — A majority of the migratory wildlife species at risk in first report of its kind are birds.
Meet Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, the Scorekeepers of North America's Birds
August 09, 2022 — Maintaining reliable bird population data makes bird conservation more effective.
BirdLife International Takes A Global Approach to Conservation
April 17, 2022 — This wide-ranging partnership of more than 100 conservation groups protects birds across our borders.
The Bird Genoscape Project Uses Genetic Variation to Inform Conservation
April 14, 2022 — Researchers use feathers and blood samples to better understand how migratory birds are connected across their ranges.
As the Planet Warms, Will Birds Escape the Heat?
September 23, 2020 — On land and sea, birds are at risk when the temperature spikes.
Celebrating Thirty Years of Partnering for Migratory Bird Conservation
March 10, 2020 — Three decades ago, scientists realized that protecting birds across their full annual cycle required working with everyone along the way.