Jon Hayes

Jon Hayes, Vice President and Executive Director
Audubon New Mexico


Jon Hayes is the Executive Director of Audubon New Mexico where he oversees the staff and conservation work focused primarily on protecting the Rio Grande ecosystem, improving grassland habitat on private grazing lands, raising public awareness of bird conservation issues and educating the next generation of conservationists.

Prior to joining Audubon, Hayes served with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative where he was responsible for guiding multi-organizational development and implementation of applied research projects. In this capacity, he coordinated landscape-level cooperative projects in a six-state region amongst federal agencies, state wildlife agencies, and multiple non-profit organizations focused on improving conservation effectiveness in western grassland and riparian ecosystems. Additionally, he has served with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV), working at a programmatic level to implement regional conservation efforts aimed at restoring declining grassland bird populations.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Population and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana.