Hawk Mountain's new president has 'passion for wildlife'

'He's a perfect fit,' sanctuary's chairman says

ALBANY TWP., Pa. - Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is starting the new year with a new person at the helm of the raptor conservation organization.

The sanctuary announced Tuesday that it has selected Sean Grace as its president

Grace, who most recently served as both the center director at Audubon Sharon and leader for Audubon's healthy forest program across Connecticut, brings nearly 20 years of conservation leadership experience to Hawk Mountain.

"Sean has the perfect mix of nonprofit leadership and business skills along with a genuine passion for wildlife," said Fred Beste, the sanctuary's board chairman. "He's a perfect fit."

Grace's professional experience includes serving as director for wildlife expeditions in Wyoming, director of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Plainsboro Preserve, and district manager for Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the sanctuary and its global raptor conservation mission," Grace said. "I've always had a personal connection to birds of prey and, over the years, have been a long-time visitor at the sanctuary. Being selected to lead this organization feels to me a bit like coming home."

Grace replaces Dr. Keith Bildstein, the sanctuary's Sarkis Acopian director of conservation science who served as interim president during the national search for a new leader.

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