Ben Martin, grew up in El Dorado County but has spent a lot of time in the Sacramento Valley with his family hunting and observing waterfowl and upland birds. It is through these activities he developed a strong appreciation and fascination for the Sacramento Valley, along with the avian species that inhabit it. His deep rooted passions for birds, especially waterfowl, lead him to attend Humboldt State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation.
Throughout his time, both in and out of college, he has been privileged to work all over North America. In 2009, he was invited to the University of Michigan to help their natural resources department conduct a study on landscape changes over a 50 year span in southeast Michigan using GIS. After Michigan he flew north to help conduct nesting research and banding efforts on many different waterfowl species throughout the Alaskan tundra during 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he decided to stay home in California and help conduct more nesting research and banding efforts in the Suisun Marsh, the Sacramento Valley, and the Klamath Basin. Ben’s passion for waterfowl has taken him to some captivating places and he says, “I am in no rush for my adventures to end anytime soon”.