Nelson SmithSecretary/Clerk - Board Member

    I joined the board of Biodiversity Works for several reasons. Being a small organization with a professional staff of mostly longtime islanders, they have an intimate knowledge of our unique ecosystems. They focus on research and public education, working with homeowners to preserve habitat for often misunderstood and threatened species such as bats, turtles, snakes, frogs, moths and shorebirds. The organization’s primary focus on biodiversity conservation is an important service to our community.

    I’m a lifelong and native islander with roots going back about 12 generations. I earned a degree in Natural Resources and Conservation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked as a land surveyor for almost 35 years. During that time, I served on the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Advisory Board and helped Gus Ben David erect about half of the osprey poles on the island.

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