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David Arnold

Director

David has over 32 years of experience working in various state agency positions in Florida. His early has included collecting water samples, writing plans for the safe harvest of shellfish, regulating major dredging and filling operations involving military operations and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, helping protect the Apalachicola River and Bay Ecosystem, managing the state’s marine turtle protection program, implementing protection for manatees, right whales and other marine species, assisting with rulemaking, stakeholder engagement and facilitating resolutions of complex issues. Currently he also trains staff in facilitation and stakeholder engagement and helps ensure that the meetings of the Commissioners of FWC run effectively.

David is no stranger to birding and Apalachee Audubon. While a graduate student, he participated in data collection for the Florida breeding bird atlas and also participated in Christmas bird counts. He served as a Board Member and as the Chapter President previously and represented the Chapter on issues related to the development of the first City of Tallahassee/Leon County Comprehensive Plan and served on a Solid Waste Disposal Advisory Board which was considering establishing a new “landfill” in Leon County. Currently he is a docent at the Tall Timbers Research Station where he welcomes visitors to the bird window during the monthly open house.  He is serving as the Program Chair during 2018-2019.