Kimberly Kaufman is the Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) in northwest Ohio. She became the Education Director in 2005 and Executive Director in 2009. As the Education Director, Kimberly played a key role in building BSBO’s school programs, as well as the highly successful Ohio Young Birders Club, a group for teenagers that has served as a model for youth birding programs. Kimberly is also the co-founder of The Biggest Week in American Birding, the largest birding festival in the country.
Under Kimberly’s leadership, BSBO developed a birding tourism season in norther west Ohio that brings an annual economic impact of more than $40 million to the local economy. She is a contributing editor to Birds and Blooms Magazine, and co-author of the Kaufman Field guides to Nature of New England and Nature of Midwest. Accolades to her credit include the Chandler Robbins Award, given by the American Birding Association to an individual who has made a significant contribution to education and /or bird conservation. In 2017, she received a prestigious Milestone Award from the Toledo Area YWCA. Kimberly serves on the boards of Shores and Islands Ohio and the American Bird Conservancy .
She and her husband Kenn make their home in Oak Harbor , Ohio.