Derek Rogers joined the staff of the Adirondack Land Trust as stewardship manager on October 5, 2021. In this role he will work to engage more people in the value and benefits of protected lands, and to help landowners maintain and enhance lands conserved in partnership with the land trust.

Rogers has worked for more than 15 years in conservation. His deep passion for bird conservation in particular has helped him connect people to nature as director of preserves for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island and, most recently, as director of development at Champlain Area Trails. Derek has guided birding and conservation field trips across eastern New York and in Central and South America.

His dedication to birding and conservation extends to volunteer and citizen science leadership roles. He is on the Northern New York Audubon board of directors and has volunteered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird program for more than ten years as a regional data quality reviewer for the Adirondack and Long Island and region. As a voting member of the New York State Avian Records Committee, he also contributed to The Kingbird, a quarterly journal devoted to preserving and understanding New York State’s ornithological history.

A SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus, Rogers is thrilled to be in the North Country working to conserve this dynamic landscape. He lives in Willsboro with his wife and two daughters.

Photograph by Kimberly Corwin-Gray/ALT of Derek Rogers (right) leading a birding field trip at Coon Mountain Preserve.