Shelly Ellison once mistakenly believed the sound of a male Ruffed Grouse drumming in Grand Teton National Park to be stampeding bison. Since then, she has experienced a number of avian “a-ha” moments while serving organizations including the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock, Texas; Seattle Audubon; and the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). She brings to BirdNote a passion for conservation and more than 16 years of experience in public relations and non-profit fund development.
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Executive Producer, Founder, and Writer
The idea for BirdNote grabbed Chris in 2002 – and never let go! As executive director of Tune In to Nature.org, the organization that produces BirdNote, Chris continues her deep interest in creating ways for people to learn what birds reveal about the complexity of the natural world. Having been the director of Seattle Audubon for nine years, she is keen to see the Audubon movement grow. Chris's idea of a good time is being outdoors on Whidbey Island with her husband, listening to the song of the Swainson's Thrush, improvising jazz flute, and being part of the goodwill and creativity that flows through BirdNote.
Sallie has worked with public broadcasting and nonprofit programming including the Smithsonian, the Corcoran Gallery, National Public Radio, and the Seattle Symphony. She currently consults as a project manager in outreach and marketing, and executive recruitment services for public radio stations through Livingston Associates. She is a volunteer reporter for KBCS-FM/Bellevue, and enjoys hiking, biking, and hosting out of town guests. Her education includes a BFA in Fine Arts and a Masters in Human Relations.