Leslie Kane, Center Director
Leslie has served as Center Director at Audubon Center Bent of the River since 2008. Her work here involves all facets of the center and sanctuary. Leslie has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field in Connecticut and is active in the Southbury community. When Leslie isn’t here at the Bent of the River, you can often find her sailing. If it's too cold for sailing, her favorite pastimes are traveling and sitting by the fire reading a good book.
Morgan Evans, Center Manager
Morgan came on as the Center Manager here at Audubon Center Bent of the River in May 2019. After graduating from Plymouth State University with a degree in Environmental Biology, he got involved with education by working as a director for a large after-school program in Philadelphia before moving to Connecticut with his wife in 2015. Once in the Nutmeg State, he worked for an environmental after-school program in New Haven called Solar Youth before becoming a middle school science teacher. Morgan's passion for birds came through studying Canada Warblers and Black-Capped Chickadees in New Hampshire as well as studying the effects of mountain top removal on Louisiana Waterthrush in West Virginia. He was first introduced to Bent of the River as a teacher, then a volunteer and summer camp counselor. In his free time, he loves exploring new birding spots as well as spending every moment he can with his daughter.
Ken Elkins, Education Program Manager
Ken earned his degree in Environmental Biology from S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry and worked in the environmental education field for over 10 years before joining the Bent of the River staff in 2008. Ken’s interest in birds started when he was 10 years old, watching the birds at his grandmother’s feeders in Vermont, and has been obsessed ever since. Ken is excited to share his passion for birds and the environment of Connecticut with everyone who visits the Bent of the River.
Kate Pratt, Educator and Volunteer Coordinator
Although an English major with a BA from St. Michael's College, Kate’s lifetime dream has been to work with birds and people who love them as much as she does. Her connection to the Bent of the River began in 2016 when she became a highly active and dedicated volunteer. After spending 18 years working as a bookstore manager, she joined the Bent of the River staff as a full-time Educator and Volunteer Coordinator in early 2018. Kate's passion for birds started at 10 years old when her family rescued, successfully raised, and released into the wild an American Robin. She's been feeding wild birds outside and caring for domesticated birds as pets for more than 30 years.
Glen Somogie, Land & Facility Manager
Glen studied at Sacred Heart University where he obtained his degree in Environmental Science and Biology. Prior to his habitat management responsibilities here at the Bent of the River, he was involved in environmental construction and was employed by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection through the Inland Fisheries Division. Glen was also a full-time seasonal fishing guide/instructor in Connecticut and New York for many years, and when he is not at work you may still find him enjoying his time fishing on the river or ocean.