Scott Artis

Development & Communications


I have more than a decade’s worth of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation, communications, marketing, management and fundraising.

  • Degrees
    M.A. Sustainable Development & Policy, B.S. Micro & Molecular Biology, B.S. Environmental Science
  • Hobbies
    Photography, Podcasting, Bonsai, Star Wars Collectibles
  • Passions
    Burrowing Owls, Wine, German Shorthaired Pointers
  • Website
Interested in getting a little peek into my world? Check out MY GALLERY which represents a few of my hobbies and interests.

En route, I worked for multi-national companies like BD Biosciences and Genetix while simultaneously leading community-based ecosystem restoration projects. With inspiration from burrowing owls and an extensive background in business development and marketing, I transitioned to conservation full-time in 2011 and founded Shoutreach Media to provide much needed design and communications services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Want to dive deeper into my experience, peruse my resume.

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Create, improve or update your website and provide your business or organization with a unique, cost-effective and easy-to-use site.

Design & Layout

I offer a variety of creative, affordable solutions incorporating exciting design, layout and effective marketing.

Social Media Marketing

Develop, implement and leverage social media strategies to spread the word about your cause or product.

Development Consulting

Custom development plans that integrate communications strategies with trainings, tactical choices, and tools.

Podcast Solutions

Raw audio and post-production work including intros, outros, music, metadata, and cleanup.


Creating engaging videos to help you reach customers and donors…let’s tell your story!


Executive Director - Urban Bird Foundation

2008 to present

Provide strategic vision and leadership, responsible for the operations, budget and the development and implementation of conservation, education, marketing, and research programs including strategic relations and fundraising.

President - Shoutreach Media

2014 to present

Develops effective content strategies – specializing in grassroots organizations, small nonprofits and for-profit businesses. Combine creative ideas with vast experience in communications and development to deliver measurable results for clients.

Director of Development & Communications - Audubon Canyon Ranch

2014 to 2016

Provide dynamic support to the Executive Director, Board and program directors on all matters related to fundraising, friend-raising, enhanced community visibility, and support from individuals, foundations, corporate giving programs, and government agencies.

Director of Development - Sequoia Riverlands Trust

2011 to 2014

Responsible for the oversight, planning and implementation of a comprehensive fund development program that secures financial resources from foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Reagents & Consumables Manager - Genetix

2007 to 2010

Developed and managed key account prospects in Western U.S. and Canada and expanded customer base across biotech, pharmaceutical, academic and clinical markets.

Account Executive - BioGenex Laboratories

2006 to 2007

Responsible for maintaining and growing capital equipment sales in 9 western states with an annual quota of $2 million.

Research Associate & Account Manager - System Biosciences

2002 to 2006

A ground-floor employee that assisted in the creation of products and a customer-base who expanded annual sales from zero to $2 million by working directly with Vice President of Sales to initiate inside and field sales strategies.

Research Associate - BD Biosciences Clontech

2000 to 2002

Supported the lead scientist in the development of novel technologies and responsible for standard operating procedures, quality control criteria, technology transfer and research and development.


Host - Pirates of the Caribbean Show

2016 to present

Host - The Angry Conservationist Show

2017 to present

Recurring Guest - Pele Media

2017 to present

Burrowing Owl Expert - First Solar Moapa Environmental Training Video


Burrowing Owl Expert - Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One Environmental Training Video



Director, Executive Committee - John Muir Association

2010 to 2012

The mission of the John Muir Association is to celebrate the life, share the vision, and preserve the legacy of John Muir through education, preservation, advocacy and stewardship, in partnership with the National Park Service.

President - ECHO Fund, Inc.

2003 to 2007

Designed, implemented, coordinated and led community-based conservation and educational outreach projects ensuring adherence to budgets and schedules.


University of Illinois, Springfield


M.A. Environmental Studies: Concentration in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development

Oregon State University


B.S. Environmental Science, Minor in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology, Institutional Honors: Magna Cum Laude

California State University, Bakersfield


Graduate Certificate Environmental Resource Management

California State University, Sacramento


B.S. Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Minor in Chemistry


Burrowing Owl Conservation and Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - 2010

Executive Impact Program

Miller Heiman, Inc. - 2008

Strategic and Conceptual Selling Program

Miller Heiman, Inc. - 2008


Battle for Burrowing Owls
Earth Island JournalNational Parks: the Next 100 Yearsvolume 31 no 2, Summer 2016

I had already been on the frontline for two years. My tactical pack – complete with camera and 500mm telephoto lens, a dozen padlocks, six feet of welded steel chain in various pre-cut lengths, notebook and pen, GPS receiver, and pocket-sized camcorder – was prepped for my morning patrol. The target zone was a 25-acre housing development, and once thriving grassland habitat, that fell victim to the real estate bubble.

Efficacy of Conservation Banks as a Tactic for Sustainable Development: Reducing population Vulnerability of Athene cunicularia hypugaea

University of Illinois, Springfield2013

Through an overreliance on conservation banks as a one-size fits all approach to
environmental impacts, the conversion of grassland ecosystems to agriculture and residential and urban development, inadequate and unenforceable state burrowing owl mitigation policies and guidelines, and difficulties in implementing the concept of sustainable development at the local, regional and state level are contributing to unsustainable trends that continue to challenge burrowing owl persistence.

Sustainable Development: A tactic to reduce population vulnerability of Western Burrowing Owls in California

Burrowing Owl Conservation Network2013, Berkeley, CA

Using the key principles of efficiency, equity and precaution and its connection to social, environmental and economic costs, findings suggest that 1) burrowing owls must receive state or federal Endangered Species Act protections; 2) regulatory agencies must uphold a position that burrowing owl mitigation outside of the region where development occurred does not compensate for local impacts; and 3) impacts to burrowing owls can be effectively mitigated with a system that employs both conservation banks and the establishment of local, urban preserves including the use of an unintentional system of reserves that is comprised of public land such as airports, closed landfills and the margins of golf courses and athletic fields.

Managing California's grassland ecosystems for Athene cunicularia hypugaea

Grasslands Journal21(3):4-5,12 (2011)

Carefully grazed and mowed native- and exotic plant–dominated grasslands have provided optimal breeding and foraging habitat across the burrowing owl’s range. Mowing does not eliminate dry plant material that may shade or limit emerging tillers and native plants; frequent grazing can result in habitat degradation; and prescribed burning has inherent risks and is the most costly tool for grassland habitat management. Therefore, combining strategies to maintain and restore burrowing owl habitat may prove useful.


Helping nonprofits and small businesses meet their missions with affordable design and communications.

BRANDfalcon offers creative business names and unique domain names that are ready to launch.

JournOwl is a media outlet dedicated to promoting wildlife conservation through captivating stories and news, spectacular photography, engaging podcasts, entertaining videos, and even humor.



A daily podcast about the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. Starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl, the show breaks down each movie a single minute at a time. The show is available on platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Tune In, BluBrry, SoundCloud, and many more.

The Angry Conservationist

A weekly podcast discussing the latest in wildlife and habitat conservation news, stories and opinion with occasional guests spanning thought leaders and nonprofit, grassroots organizations. The show is available on platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Tune In, BluBrry, SoundCloud, and many more.

TV and Documentaries

Successfully delivering messages, serving as a consulting expert and on-camera communications spanning television, documentaries and training videos. Here is a selection of my camera experience.


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    scott (at) shoutreachmedia dot com
  • Mail
    101 W. American Canyon Rd #508-201, American Canyon, CA 94503


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