Scott Sutcliffe

Scott Sutcliffe is semiretired from a career with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He’s been a birder since the age of six 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, NY.