Delta Wind Birds Board of Directors
Philip Barbour. Barbour is a Certified Wildlife Biologist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, with whom he has many years of experience implementing conservation projects on a wide range of animal species including Golden-winged Warblers, Gopher Tortoises, and Monarch Butterflies. Barbour’s educational background includes a B.S. in Botany, an M.Sc. from Louisiana State University in Plant Pathology/Crop Physiology/Weed Science, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University. Barbour has been birding in the Mississippi Delta region and around the world for 40+ years.
Jason Hoeksema, President. Hoeksema is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Mississippi, where he conducts research on the ecology and evolution of trees and symbiotic fungi, and teaches courses in Ornithology, Mycology, Statistics, and Microbiology. Hoeksema’s educational background includes a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Hoeksema has significant expertise in bird identification, contributing to shorebird censuses and serving as a key leader of Delta Wind Birds workshops and field trips for the public.
Gene Knight. Knight is a veteran birder and shorebird ID expert, with significant ties to the ornithology and conservation communities in the Mississippi Delta region, and has been a member of the Mississippi Ornithological Society since the early 1980’s. He has extensive experience conducting shorebird surveys on public lands in the Mississippi Delta, and serves as a key leader of Delta Wind Birds workshops and field trips for the public.
Madge Lindsay. Lindsay served as VP-Executive Director at Audubon Mississippi directing local and state bird conservation programs. Before joining National Audubon, she worked as Non-Game Wildlife Leader at TX Parks and Wildlife (TPWD). She brings experience in developing outreach tools for the public and private landowners. Among many projects, she launched the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, America’s first highway trail for birders, receiving the British Airways’ Tourism Tomorrow Award. A Texas A&M graduate, Lindsay is currently consulting on conservation and nature tourism.
Nicholas Lund. Lund works for the National Parks Conservation Association, as Senior Manager for their Landscape Conservation Program. Lund’s educational background includes a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law, and he has a diverse background in conservation law and policy. Lund is also an avid birder with experience in the Mississippi Delta region.
Wayne Patterson, Treasurer and CFO. A professional accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Christian Brothers University, Patterson provides financial management and reporting. He also provides significant expertise in bird identification, contributing to shorebird censuses and serving as a key leader of Delta Wind Birds workshops and field trips for the public.
Nina Rifkind. Rifkind has a broad range of professional legal experience, including work in support of nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Yale University and also New York University Law School.
J.R. Rigby, Secretary. Rigby is a research hydrologist by profession, and brings significant expertise on water issues in the Mississippi Delta region. Rigby’s educational background includes a M.Sc. in hydrology from Imperial College London, UK, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on hydrology and fluid mechanics from Duke University. Rigby has expertise in bird identification, contributing to shorebird censuses and serving as a key leader of Delta Wind Birds workshops and field trips for the public.