A Milwaukee-area native, Lenz is Collisions Campaign Manager for American Bird Conservancy. Until 2018, he was state director of Bird City Wisconsin and chief scientist at the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory in Port Washington. The Observatory became Bird City’sfiscal sponsorin October 2018, taking over from Milwaukee Audubon Society.
As Board Chair, Lenz succeeds Carl Schwartz, who helped launched the program in 2010 and was its director until Lenz was hired in 2015. Schwartz will continue to serve on the Bird City Board, as well as on the boards of both the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and the Observatory and on the steering committee of the second Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.
Lenz capped his tenure as Bird City’s director with the news that the Milwaukee Bucks would open the world’s first bird-friendly sports and entertainment arena, upon completion of the Bucks’ application for LEED Silver certification for Fiserv Forum. The announcement represented a significant victory for bird conservation because up to 1 billion birds die annually after colliding with glass in the United States.