Kevin Carlsen, Ornithology Center Manager, Retiring

 

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Kevin’s love for the outdoors began with hiking, camping, swimming, and sports at a very young age. Just 5 minutes away from the ocean and 45 minutes from the mountains, he competed in skiing, bike racing, canoeing and excelled in surfing. He worked as an architectural engineer in Boston, but taught himself carpentry and started his own remodeling company, which allowed him to hike and backpack many national parks. He has hiked the Grand Canyon every year for the past 40+ years, and hopes to make it to 50!

After 30 years in the construction business, he was looking for a change and started working as a part-time naturalist at Eagle Creek Park in 1999. In 2007, he designed and built the Ornithology Center, and in 2009 won the Indianapolis Power & Light Co. “Golden Eagle Environmentalist of the Year” award. Kevin has made countless contributions to the park including the design and building of interpretive displays, migration course, canoe/kayak launch, interpretive trail, outdoor classroom, bird enclosures, design of the trail map & kiosks, exhibit photography, bird care and training, and has left a lasting impact on many park visitors and birdwatchers in his 17+ years at Eagle Creek!

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