Bob Reitsma

Bob Reitsma

Program Manager

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW

National Zoological Park

Washington, DC 20008

Phone: 202-633-4186
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Research Interests

Urban bird ecology/survival, agroecology, migratory bird tracking, public attitudes toward conservation

Educational Background

  • George Mason University, M.S., 1999 Biology/Environmental Science
  • Calvin College, B.S., 1984, Biology

Biographical Sketch

Bob Reitsma's research background is in neotropical avian habitat selection in anthropogenic habitats. He spent several years working in subsistence agricultural communities in Latin America conducting research that raised awareness about the importance of agroforestry products to bird conservation. As a product of this research, Bob brought his heightened respect for environmental education to managing Neighborhood Nestwatch, a flagship citizen-science program that currently takes place in backyards and schoolyards in seven metropolitan regions. For the past 20 years he has managed collaborative ornithological research and environmental education efforts directly in the urban/suburban/rural matrix of metropolitan backyards and schoolyards.

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