Scott Sutcliffe

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Scott Sutcliffe is semiretired from a career with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He’s been a birder since the age of 6 when his grandfather introduced him to Cornell through a gift of Songbirds of North America, an early recording from the Cornell Library of Natural Sounds. Scott received a BS from Cornell in 1975 and an MS from the University of New Hampshire in 1980, both in wildlife ecology. Upon graduation, Scott taught 5th grade science for a year, then directed the N.H. Loon Preservation Committee and was co-founder, director, and chairman of the North American Loon Fund. He then worked as a director of the Long Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and in 1985 joined the Cornell Lab staff. His Lab responsibilities have included administration, fund-raising (membership development, high-level fund-raising for capital projects and campaigns, and estate planning), teaching, and jack-of-all-trades. He has served on many boards including the local chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Association of Field Ornithologists, as a council member, VP, President, and currently treasurer. All of Scott’s professional endeavors have been driven by his passion for birds. He lives on and manages an old farm/wildlife sanctuary in Trumansburg, New York.