Welcome to SustainNorth

Mapping for a sustainable future.

Hello from Alaska. My name is Melanie Smith and this is my professional website and side project, SustainNorth. I have a lifelong love of birds, nature, and maps. I am the Program Director for the National Audubon Society‘s Bird Migration Explorer–this interactive mapping application integrates and visualizes migration patterns and conservation challenges across the Americas to inform conservation needs of migratory birds. Through SustainNorth I provide low-cost map design and geospatial services in support of the conservation and outdoor communities, using software generously donated by Esri.

Altogether, I have two decades of professional experience in geospatial and applied conservation science, strategy, planning, and policy. On this site you’ll find my my full professional portfolio, including notable accomplishments and earned media about my work. This site serves as my living CV — feel free to have a look around. If you are interested in working with me through SustainNorth, or would like to contact me about my work in bird conservation for Audubon, you can contact me here or find me @alaska_melanie on Twitter.

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