Audubon North Carolina has an amazing staff across the state dedicating their time and expertise to protecting birds and their habitats, and engaging others to support bird conservation efforts. In this blog series, we will introduce you, our supporters, to the names and faces behind Audubon North Carolina.
This month, get to know Beverly Thorpe, Finance and Administration Manager.
Describe your job with Audubon North Carolina.
I’m responsible for overseeing, coordinating and maintaining the financial and administration functions of Audubon North Carolina. This includes grants and contracts management, as well as budget development.
What brought you to work with Audubon North Carolina for the benefit of birds?
I had a desire to work with a mission-driven nonprofit and this position was a good fit with my background and experience.
Why do you feel it’s important to protect and conserve birds in North Carolina? Globally?
Birds play a pivotal role in our natural ecosystem and serve as great indicators of the health of our environment. Birds and the habitats they share with other wildlife and plants are ideal for promoting conservation and environmental awareness. And let’s not forget that birds are simply beautiful and can serve as a source of inspiration to many people.
How is your work with Audubon North Carolina specifically helping to protect birds in NC? What particular birds does your work help protect.
I serve as the financial and administrative support for the programmatic staff. I manage the funds and provide the office support so the field staff can focus on accomplishing their conservation goals and objectives protecting our N.C. birds.
What is your favorite bird? Why?
The North Carolina State bird is my favorite – the Cardinal. I’ve been fascinated with this bird since childhood. The crimson red color is so eye-catching.
What is the most exciting bird you’ve ever spotted? What happened?
I recently traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and noticed several resident peacocks on the resort property. The colors and the fantails on these birds were absolutely striking.
What advice do you have for someone interested in becoming involved with bird conservation efforts?
There are several ways to get involved with bird conservation: join a local Audubon Chapter, serve as a volunteer for one of the our conservation programs, participate in a backyard bird count project, donate to your State Audubon Office, and share your bird stories on social media. Every action counts toward protecting our birds.
What would you like people to know about birds that they may not already know?
Bird and wildlife conservation is critical to the richness and diversity of the planet that we live in. And by studying and conserving birds and their habitats, we can better understand the relationships between all living things and how the interactions of those relationships can affect humans directly including climate change, forest conservation and much more.
Beverly earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Administration of Criminal Justice and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.