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BJ Byers

BJ joined Groundswell in 2019 as our Conservationist.  He primarily works on land management and easement monitoring. Each year he works to conserve native habitats protected by Groundswell.  This includes planning and coordinating native prairie plantings, restoring oak savannas, and controlling invasive weeds and brush that threaten these ecosystems.  When he’s not out in the field restoring habitat, he’s usually monitoring Groundswell’s conservation easements to ensure the land continues to be protected and properly used.  BJ also leads our outdoor volunteer program and is always looking for help.  Sign up on our Outdoor Volunteering list if you would like to help make a difference!

Before joining Groundswell,  BJ earned his master’s degree in wildlife ecology at UW-Madison, where he studied grassland birds and prairie management.  Before grad school, he was a Private Lands Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where he worked one-on-one with private landowners to restore native tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and wetland habitats.

When not out walking through a prairie, you may find BJ fly/ice fishing, deer/turkey hunting, canoeing, hiking, birdwatching, or vegetable gardening with his wife Carolyn and son Jay in Madison.