Field Trip Leader
Martin started birding as a teenager in The Netherlands, where he later became a high school biology and health instructor. He moved to Seattle’s Green Lake area in 1983 and has since become somewhat of an expert on the lake’s avifauna, with 176 species on his list. Hundreds of hours of observation have given him important insight into the lives of the birds, especially Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Pied-billed Grebes.
A wintering Peregrine Falcon that visited Green Lake piqued his interest, prompting him to join the Falcon Research Group. He is now a licensed hawk-bander in Washington.
Martin has been leading field trips since he joined Seattle Audubon twenty years ago, and is currently chair of the Master Birder Committee. He recently moved away from his beloved Green Lake and hopes that someone else will take on the role of advocate for wildlife at this busy urban park.
Profile by Sharon Sneddon, Associate Editor