Joni Ellis


Joni is the Founder and Director of Optics for the Tropics, a long supporter of IMBD. She builds capacity for bird conservation across the western hemisphere with the distribution of quality binoculars for ornithologists in the Caribbean and Latin America. Her tenure with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and involvement with Partners in Flight, provided a great background for understanding the complex issues of global conservation. Currently, she organizes travel opportunities to some of the best birding and wildlife viewing destinations to meet the people who manage them. A portion of each trip supports the biologists in these locations.

Joni’s goal for the board: To establish an endowment type fund to secure program budgeting into the future.

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