As Audubon’s first Chief Network Officer, David J. Ringer oversees the health, vitality, capacity, diversity and strength of Audubon’s vast distributed network. That network includes more than 460 Audubon chapters, more than 40 Audubon nature centers, key strategic partners and thousands of advocates and volunteers. He also leads Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Communities program, which engages people in practical, joyful solutions to protect birds and special places and to make communities healthier for people too. Ringer previously served as Audubon’s national communications director, overseeing communications, public relations and social media, and before that as Audubon’s communications director for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway. He was Audubon’s front-line PR manager in Louisiana during the 2010 BP oil disaster. Before joining the Audubon staff, Ringer provided a wide variety of communications and media for NGOs around the world, an experience that took him to more than 25 countries on six continents. He has also worked as a web developer and a biological field technician. Ringer writes about bird taxonomy and systematics and other natural history topics. His love of birds began in childhood, and his connection to Audubon started in high school, when he joined the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society of Springfield, Missouri.