Areas of Expertise: Mexican gray wolf, Mexican spotted owl, the Southern Rockies and Sky Islands-Great Gila focal landscapes, conservation biology and public lands protection, habitat connectivity, ecosystem restoration and ecosystem services.
Bryan Bird directs Defenders' efforts to protect imperiled wildlife and their habitats across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Bryan has over 20 years of experience protecting and restoring public lands while preserving wilderness and biodiversity across the Southwest and northern Mexico. Bryan has expertise in conservation of forests, riparian ecosystems and rare species habitats. He was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel that advised the Secretary on funding priorities and restoration of fire-dependent ecosystems and is an officer of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Bryan has worked to restore Mexican gray wolves in the Greater Gila Bioregion of New Mexico and Arizona for over a decade. He has published reports on western wildfire policy and beaver restoration as a tool for climate adaptation.
Bryan holds a M.S. in Biology from New Mexico State University and a B.S. in Biology, from the University of Colorado, Boulder.