David Watson, Director of Development and Communications
David grew up in Michigan and always had a fascination for the natural world and the West. As he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Michigan State University, he spent three summers working in Yellowstone National Park and a summer in the Aleutian Islands of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. He then worked at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge before landing a fulltime job with the South Carolina Waterfowl Association. There he worked as a biologist, fundraiser and later became their first Waterfowl and Wetland Education Center Director. In 1999, he realized a lifelong dream and moved out west. He worked as Teton Science School’s Development Director, Director of Wildlife Expeditions, Director of Communication and Marketing, and a number of Idaho/TSS Initiatives. David brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to Teton Raptor Center.
David has been a Boy Scout leader in Jackson for nine years and likes to spend quality time with his two sons camping, fishing and doing monthly community service projects. He also enjoys gardening in the summer and painting in the winter. David’s favorite activity is traveling and spending time with his family. He recently returned from a trip to the United Arab Emirates where he toured the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.
Favorite bird of prey: American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)