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 (AK). He then worked at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (WY) before landing a fulltime job with the South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SC). There he worked as a biologist, fundraiser and as SCWA's 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 on a number of Idaho/TSS Initiatives. David brings more than 27 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to Teton Raptor Center.
David and his wife Rhonda have two sons, a daughter and a son-in-law. He has been a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Jackson for over twelve years where both his boys, Nathan and Trevor, earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He enjoys spending quality time in the outdoors camping, fishing, gardening, and participating in community service projects. David’s favorite activity is traveling and spending time with his family. In the last few years he has traveled with his family to United Arab Emirates and Mexico ... and his family will be spending spring break of 2018 in Costa Rica.
Favorite bird of prey: American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)