Dave Mehlman is director of The Nature Conservancy's Migratory Bird Program. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, an MS from Florida State University, and a BA from Bowdoin College. Dave directs the Migratory Bird Program’s Gulf Wings project, represents the Conservancy on the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, and serves as the Conservancy’s staff person on the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. He is also a member of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team, established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has published numerous papers in both scientific and popular journals on birds, bird conservation and ecology.