Joni Ellis

Joni is the Founder and Director of Optics for the Tropics, a long-time supporter of WMBD. She builds capacity for bird conservation across the Western Hemisphere with the distribution of quality binoculars for researchers and youth alike 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 is changing people’s lives in Latin America and the Caribbean through training, experience and the foundational resource of binoculars. Joni is humbled by the people she has met and her ability to create opportunities for conservation across the world.

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


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