Matt Reetz received his B.S. in Biology with emphasis in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution at the University of Illinois during which time he got his first taste of bird field work in the swamps of Southern Illinois. He then went on to receive his master's degree and PhD at the University of Florida where he worked on a variety of bird research projects in Australia, the Caribbean, Chile and the U.S. After graduating Matt worked as a Biologist for Florida’s state wildlife agency, served as a biology professor at a small Indiana College, and completed two postdocs with UW-Madison working on Sharp-tailed Grouse and California Spotted Owls. Volunteer experience with Wisconsin land trusts led him to pursue a career working with nonprofit organziations. He ended up combining the best of both worlds with a job at Madison Audubon Society.