Matthew Fuirst

Wildlife Biologist & Birder
Matthew Fuirst - Wildlife Biologist & Birder

Since first being exposed to field ornithology through mist netting American Woodcocks in the Adirondack State Park in 2011, Matt’s vast interests in wildlife ecology and natural history have taken him to remarkable locations. As a wildlife biologist, Matt has done research with birds and other wildlife across the U.S., Canadian Arctic, Kenya, the Bahamas, and the Middle East. He has also had the opportunity to bird in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Portugal, Sweden, Argentina, and the
Caribbean Islands.

Matt’s research focuses on the movement and conservation of birds, and he completed his doctorate studying the unique dispersal ecology of the Algonquin Provincial Park’s Canada jays in Ontario. Currently, Matt holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship in partnership with Acadia University and Birds Canada to investigate the drivers of breeding success for Common Loons across North America. When he isn’t conducting bird research, Matt also teaches field ecology and animal behaviour courses at the University of Guelph. At home in southern Ontario, Matt is always eager to share his passion, knowledge, and excitement for birds and natural history.

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