New Leader Will Focus on Advancement of SF Bay Area’s Premier Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Education Center

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. —December 19, 2013—Lindsay Wildlife Museum announced today the appointment of Norma Bishop as executive director for the organization. Bishop brings vast experience in management and museum leadership, a commitment to environmental stewardship and deep San Francisco Bay Area ties to the position, which she is scheduled to begin in mid-January.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum Board of Directors President Marilyn Fowler said, “I am delighted to welcome Norma to Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Her excellent track record leading similar organizations, expanding fundraising sources, and advancing programs focused on environmental protection and education are assets that fit very well with the museum’s mission and goals for the coming decade.”

Prior to accepting this position with Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Bishop served as executive director of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI., where she significantly expanded its educational and environmental programming. Bishop also previously served as executive director at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and taught Non-profit Finance and Fundraising Law at The University of California, Santa Barbara.

Prior to her move to Wisconsin, Bishop was a longtime Bay Area resident and  spent 21 years in the U.S. Navy. During her naval career, she played a vital role in the transition of Alameda from a naval air station to a wildlife reserve and historic district. In addition, Bishop also holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

“I am ecstatic to be the next leader at Lindsay Wildlife Museum,” Bishop said. “Building on its great credentials, dedicated board of directors and talented staff, we’ll work together to build a wildlife nature center that draws families, children and adults from throughout Northern California.”

Bishop and Fowler will work closely with Interim Executive Director Louise Franklin to ensure a smooth transition in leadership, and to maintaining key relationships and communication with local elected officials, donors and members.

“Norma’s selection as the new executive director of Lindsay Wildlife Museum presents a wonderful opportunity to continue the Museum’s strong legacy as the country’s oldest wildlife rehabilitation hospital and the Bay Area’s leading natural history and environmental education center,” said Fowler.


About Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Lindsay Wildlife Museum connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. The museum is a unique natural history and environmental education center where wild live animals are just inches away from visitors. The museum includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S.

Visiting Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Museum Hours & Admission
September 21–June 15: Wednesday–Friday 12 PM–5 PM, Saturday–Sunday 10 AM–5 PM
June 18, 2014–Labor Day: Wednesday–Sunday 10 AM–5 PM

Please note a special holiday hours:
Dec. 23 – January 5 Open 10 – 5 pm; Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve 10 – 2; Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission is free for members and children under 2 years old, $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 65+ and $6.50 for children 2 -17.

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