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Our Peeps: Chris Martin

You’ve probably come across Chris Martin’s name in connection with NH Audubon before. He coordinates NH Audubon’s various raptor monitoring and management projects, and has been doing so for more than 30 years! In that role, Chris works with our state and federal partners, and many others, to aid the recovery of Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Ospreys (past project). Recent efforts include coordinating state-endangered Northern Harrier monitoring and developing strategies for retaining them as a breeding species in the Granite State. He is also NH Audubon’s voice on NH Public Radio’s Something Wild nature segment (since 2007) along with Dave Anderson of the Forest Society.

Before arriving in New Hampshire in 1990, Chris worked as a naturalist for Indiana State Parks, as a biotech for the National Park Service, running a falcon release project at Isle Royale NP in Michigan and monitoring eagles and other birds at Katmai NP in southwestern Alaska right after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Hanover College in Indiana, and a M.S. in Ecology and Behavioral Biology from the University of Minnesota. Chris started out wanting to be a forester, but was always distracted by birds, and eventually they became the focus of his professional career.

Links to some of Chris’s raptor projects:

Bald Eagle release

Peregrine Falcon banding