Wendy Paulson

Wendy Paulson’s career has been in teaching, beginning in the Boston Public Schools; later at The Potomac School in McLean, VA; in the Barrington Public Schools as “The Nature Lady”; and as director of education for Citizens for Conservation, a community conservation group in Barrington. She taught year-long bird classes in two New York City public schools for eight years through Audubon New York. She currently serves as Chairman of the Bobolink Foundation. Wendy joined Openlands' board because she "wanted to become more actively engaged in connecting urban dwellers with nature and felt Openlands was doing the best work in that area." Her favorite Openlands' programs include Birds in My Neighborhood and the numerous trails and greenways projects. Wendy serves as Chair Emerita of Rare and as Chairman of the BirdLife International/Audubon US Stewardship Committee. She is a lifetime trustee of the illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, an educational associate of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and a member of the Field Museum Science Action Committee and of the Midwest Council of the National Parks Conservation Association. Wendy is also an advisor to the American Bird Conservancy, the Student Conservation Association, St. Simons Land Trust (GA), and the Island Press. She enjoys helping with grassland restoration efforts as well as birding, biking, hiking, and kayaking.


  • B.A. (English) Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA