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Paul Jaussi, President and Director

Paul was introduced to birding in college when he first saw a Western Tanager through a pair of binoculars and was hooked. That event started a passion for birding that has followed him throughout his life. While a native of Utah, he lived in Oregon for 22 years where he helped grow the Friends of the Refuge for the newly founded Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, serving as both as a Board member and Vice President for several years.

He is a Manufacturing Engineer by profession with both a Bachelors and Masters degree from Brigham Young University.

He and his family recently moved to St. George where he quickly discovered the wildlife diversity of the area. His reason for volunteering with the Audubon is to give back a little portion to the birding community of what he has received from so many in the past.

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Steve Eberhard, Recording Secretary and Director


Maurice DeMille, Director

 Since his early years Maurice has spent much of his free time enjoying and exploring the outdoors.  He has been photographing wildlife as a hobby his entire adult life.  In January 2008 he was invited to attend the St. George Winter Bird Festival, and has been an avid birder ever since.  He was the Keynote Speaker at the festival in 2015. 

He has recently retired from private dental practice and works at Dixie State University in the Dental Hygiene Program. He enjoys spending his free time with family, friends, providing church and community service, and of course, birding as often as possible.  

Maurice received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a DMD degree from Oregon Health & Science University, School of Dentistry.


Valerie Jueschke, Director


Cordell Peterson, Director


Joseph Platt, Ph.D., Director

Joe Platt is an ecologist based in St. George, UT. He has spent more than thirty years in environmental work in Arctic Canada, Arabia, East Africa and throughout the US. He has extensively studied nesting behavior of protected species and been an active bander of raptors and numerous shorebird and passerine species. Along with over a dozen published peer reviewed scientific articles and three book chapters, he has presented scientific papers in 13 countries.

He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey. He also served on

the editing board of the Journal for the Raptor Research Foundation and a member of the California Burrowing Owl Consortium.

Joe is a graduate of Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.


September Smith, Director

September is somewhat a novice when it comes to birding, though a long-time bird lover and supporter of the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Her background varies from private sector work – where she manages a family-owned business in the firearms industry, to the nonprofit world – where she has been a member of local pet welfare and rescue organization Because Animals Matter's Board of Directors since 2009, and their President since 2012.

September achieved a Bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Great Salt Lake Audubon's The Pelican newsletter published her backyard birding photos and an original article in 2017.

Over the past two winters, September has welcomed hundreds of birders from around the Western US into her yard to view a male Broad-billed Hummingbird – by far the rarest of the six hummingbird species to visit her feeders and native plants each year. She is looking forward to seeing him again in the late fall, fingers crossed, and to increase her participation with the local birding community and to see a new generation of birders appreciate the tremendous resources our region offers.

Banner photo by Diane Hoy