The Wild Bird Foundation of America is led by a 4 person board who are passionate about the mission of the Foundation and work to support its fund raising and grant making objectives.

Board of Trustees:

Dr. Steve Boyes

Founder and Chairman

Scientific Director, Founder & Project leader of the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project and Cape Parrot Project.
Research Associate – Percy Fitzpatrick Institute, University of Cape Town
National Geographic Fellow
TED Senior Fellow

Mr. John Hilton

President and Treasurer

Commercial Director and Trustee of the Wild Bird Trust South Africa and Wild Bird Trust Botswana

Dr. Steve Beissinger


Professor of Ecology & Conservation Biology, University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Beissinger’s professional career has been devoted to producing ecological knowledge that can be used to both conserve biodiversity and to uncover basic processes in behavioral and population ecology that govern how nature works. He has authored over 200 scientific publications and is senior editor of three books, including Science, Conservation and National Parks. His current research centers on two of the biggest challenges facing conservation and society –wildlife responses to global change and species’ extinction.

Mr. Neil Gelinas


Director, Cinematographer, Producer and Editor, Executive Producer National Geographic.