Photo : Olivia Douhan



Ben Nickley (Executive Director)

Ben Nickley is a scientist with a passion for birds and the ecosystems they are an integral part of. Always fascinated by nature, he got his start in science at Ohio State University where his research was recognized with an award at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Since then, Ben has travelled across North America pursuing avian field studies for nonprofits, universities, and state governments—picking up his master’s in biology along the way. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and has presented his work at international conferences. Helping others connect with the natural world through birds is his forte and his mission. His role as Executive Director is to oversee the day-to-day operations of BBO and steer its development. Ben feels privileged to have landed in the Berkshires and could not think of a better place to do the work he loves.

Maya Vernick (Spring Banding Intern)

Veronica Nault (Spring Banding Intern)