Lauren on the ferry in Haines, Alaska.

Lauren Cusimano

Communications Manager

As an editor and journalist from Phoenix, Lauren has covered culture, music, and food, as well as food waste and sustainability. She graduated from the Cronkite School of Journalism (where she's also a remote instructor). Her personal interests have long been in conservation and birds.

Lauren first moved to Dzantik'i Héeni/Juneau in summer 2021 and oversaw communications for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and Juneau Audubon Society. She now lives in Dghevey Kag'/Anchorage. Aside from birding or working to protect birds, catch her cycling, watching scary movies, or singing to her cat Fred Meyer and dog Leroy.

Articles by Lauren Cusimano

A First-Timer’s Trip to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
News

A First-Timer’s Trip to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

— Homer hosts a spectacular annual bird festival. Here's a recap of the presentations, workshops, and (in)famous bird-calling contest of the 32nd annual event.
Audubon Releases Migration Study Done in the Chilkat Valley on Jilkáat Aani
Press Releases

Audubon Releases Migration Study Done in the Chilkat Valley on Jilkáat Aani

— A new analysis done by the National Audubon Society Science Division demonstrates how the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Important Bird Area is a major migration passage.
The Importance of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve IBA to Migratory Birds
News

The Importance of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve IBA to Migratory Birds

— One small study area in Southeast Alaska shocked the Audubon Science Division: The Chilkat Valley is a major migration passage for many Alaska birds.
Ambler Road Is Out of Here!
News

Ambler Road Is Out of Here!

— Today we can officially say that our message was heard loud and clear. The Ambler road is effectively stopped, protecting the Brooks Range for future generations.
Interior Announces Strengthened Protections for Special Areas
News

Interior Announces Strengthened Protections for Special Areas

— The Western Arctic is home to 13 million acres of Special Areas, some of the most important bird habitat in America’s Arctic—and the planet.
Exploring POW’s Part of the Southeast Alaska Birding Trail
BirdBlog

Exploring POW’s Part of the Southeast Alaska Birding Trail

— Putting rubber boots on the ground at birding sites in Hollis, Craig, and Klawock on Prince of Wales Island during the 2024 Whale and Bird Fest.
Time to Fly: Alaska’s Bird Festival Season Is Here!
On The Wire

Time to Fly: Alaska’s Bird Festival Season Is Here!

— Here’s how Alaska’s annual birding events honor culture and art, benefit tourism and local economies, highlight conservation issues, and truly celebrate birds.
Southeast Alaska Bird Trail—What’s Coming in 2024
BirdBlog

Southeast Alaska Bird Trail—What’s Coming in 2024

— Over the coming year, we’ll be working to further improve the Southeast Alaska Birding Trail mobile app and to grow its usage within the region. We plan to expand partnerships with local Southeast Alaska businesses, including adventure guides and outfitters, to elevate the trail’s value.
Alaska’s Federal Public Lands Updates
BirdBlog

Alaska’s Federal Public Lands Updates

— A lot is happening on Alaska’s federal public lands. Here’s where we’ve been and where we’re going in 2024 ...