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February 26, 2018

Meet Onboard Expert Matt Perry  


A snowy owl awakened an interest in birds in a six-year-old boy in his home town of Bristol, Rhode Island. Dr. Matthew C. Perry’s love of birds continued throughout his life and resulted in a major in wildlife management at the University of Rhode Island, a graduate degrees in wildlife management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and in avian science from the University of Maryland.

Matt enjoyed working for 40 years at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, where he conducted numerous research studies mainly in waterfowl nutrition, Chesapeake Bay ecology, and in the management, restoration, and creation of wildlife habitat. His last official research projects dealt with a study of seaducks in the Atlantic Flyway, which included a nutrition study of captive ducks and a satellite telemetry tracking study with wild ducks. Much of his field work dealt with food habits and migration of ducks on the Northeast North American coast.

Matt retired after 45 years with the Federal government, but as an emeritus scientist continues to publish research articles and maintains a research project in Argentina dealing with satellite telemetry of ducks. In addition to birds, wildlife, and ecology, Matt’s other passions are writing and traveling. He writes extensively about the history of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and recently completed editing a 255-page book on the history of that facility https://pubs.er.usgs/publication/cir1422.

He also writes stories of family history and genealogy. His love of travel has extended to organizing ecotourism trips for friends and colleagues. These trips have included Bolivia, Costa Rica, Peru, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Belize, South Africa, Cuba, and two trips each to the Galapagos Islands, Tobago, and Churchill, Manitoba. His philosophy about ecotourism is that when people in foreign countries realize the value of natural resources they will be more likely to protect these resources.

This July, Matt will participate on his 3rd cruise with BSSA in Maine & New Brunswick joining passengers onboard to conduct lectures and lead birding expeditions. View the cruise here or visit www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/ to learn more about wildlife in the Canadian branch of our trip!

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