Presenter: Dr. Matthew C. Perry | Scientist Emeritus, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Dr. Perry’s love of birds was a constant throughout his life and resulted in a major in wildlife management at the University of Rhode Island. He served as an officer in the US Navy during the mid-1960s and spent many hours cruising off the coast of South Vietnam. He earned an MS degree in wildlife management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in avian science from the University of Maryland. Matt worked at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, 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. Matt retired after 45 years with the Federal government, but as an emeritus scientist continues to publish research articles and recently completed a research project in Argentina dealing with satellite telemetry of ducks.
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