Matthew C Perry, Ph.D.
Involved with several writing projects of past research of waterfowl movements using satellite telemetry, waterfowl food habits, and management of wetlands for optimum wildlife use.
- B.S., University of Rhode Island 1963
- M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1970
- Ph.D., University of Maryland 1985
Areas of Expertise/Interest: Wetland Ecology; Habitat Creation, Restoration, and Enhancement; Waterfowl Ecology and Management
- Completed forty years of employment at Patuxent in October 2011 and retired in December 2011.
- Chair of the November 2005 Second North American Sea Duck Conference
- Past President of the Washington Biologists' Field Club
- Editor of The history of Patuxent: America’s wildlife research story
Board and Committee Membership:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Retirees Assocation Board Member
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Heritage Committee Member
- Friends of Patuxent Board Member, non-profit, Friends of Patuxent Laurel, MD Laurel, MD Board of Directors
- Rivers of the World Foundation Board Member
Science and Products
Atypical Feeding Behavior of Long-tailed Ducks in the Wake of a Commercial Fishing Boat while Clamming
Data represents analyses of gizzard and gullet (esophagus and proventriculus) of nine ducks using traditional techniques
The migratory bird treaty and a century of waterfowl conservation
In the final decades of the nineteenth century, concern was building about the status of migratory bird populations in North America. In this literature review, we describe how that concern led to a landmark conservation agreement in 1916, between the United States and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) to conserve migratory birds shared by...Anderson, Michael G.; Alisauskas, Ray T.; Batt, Bruce D. J.; Blohm, Robert J.; Higgins, Kenneth F.; Perry, Matthew; Ringelman, James K.; Sedinger, James S.; Serie, Jerome R.; Sharp, David E.; Trauger, David L.; Williams, Christopher K.
Atypical feeding behavior of Long-tailed Ducks in the wake of a commercial fishing boat while clamming
A foraging group of Clangula hyemalis (Long-tailed Duck) was observed on 10 February 2010 diving behind a commercial boat that was clamming near Monomoy Island, Nantucket Sound, MA. We used a shotgun to collect 9 of the ducks, and our analyses of gizzard and gullet (esophagus and proventriculus) revealed 37 food items in the gizzard and...Perry, Matthew; Osenton, Peter C.; White, Timothy P.
Book review: Feeding wild birds In America – Culture, commerce, and conservation
No abstract available.Perry, Matthew
The history of Patuxent: America’s wildlife research story
This report, based on a symposium held on October 13, 2011, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, documents the history of the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, collectively known as Patuxent. The symposium was one of the many activities occurring at that time to...Perry, Matthew C.
Composition, shell strength, and metabolizable energy of Mulinia lateralis and Ischadium recurvum as food for wintering surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata)
Decline in surf scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) waterfowl populations wintering in the Chesapeake Bay has been associated with changes in the availability of benthic bivalves. The Bay has become more eutrophic, causing changes in the benthos available to surf scoters. The subsequent decline in oyster beds (Crassostrea virginica) has reduced the...Berlin, Alicia; Perry, Matthew C. ; Kohn, R.A.; Paynter, K.T.; Ottinger, Mary Ann
Coastal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay
Wetlands are prominent landscapes throughout North America. The general characteristics of wetlands are controversial, thus there has not been a systematic assessment of different types of wetlands in different parts of North America, or a compendium of the threats to their conservation. Wetland Habitats of North America adopts a geographic and...Batzer, Darold P.; Baldwin, Andrew H.; Baldwin, Andrew H.; Kangas, Patrick J.; Megonigal, J. Patrick; Perry, Matthew C.; Whigham, Dennis F.; Batzer, Darold P.
Foraging behavior of Long-tailed Ducks in a ferry wake
Clangula hyemalis (Long-tailed Ducks) were observed diving in the wake of the Nantucket Island ferry during December over a 5-year period (2005–2009). The unusual diving behavior appeared to be related to foraging, but could not be confirmed. Long-tailed Ducks typically feed on more mobile prey than most other diving ducks, and it is...Perry, Matthew C.
The use of Emeraid Exotic Carnivore Diet improves postsurgical recovery and survival of long-tailed ducks
Gavage feeding is a commonly used technique in wildlife rehabilitation. While implanting satellite transmitters in long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis), a need for extra postsurgical nutritional support was identified. A new product, Emeraid Exotic Carnivore Diet, has proven effective in maintaining and even increasing the birds' body weights...Olsen, Glenn H.; Ford, Scott; Perry, Matthew C.; Wells-Berlin, Alicia M.
Book Review: Wildfowl by David Cabot 2009. HarperCollins Publishers, London, UK. The New Naturalist Library. 460 pp.Perry, Matthew C.
Feeding ecology of long-tailed ducks Clangula hyemalis wintering on the Nantucket Shoals
A substantial proportion, perhaps 30%, of the North American breeding population of Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) winter in the vicinity of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. These birds spend the night on Nantucket Sound and commute during daylight hours to the Nantucket Shoals, which extend about 65 km offshore from the southeastern corner...White, Timothy P.; Veit, Richard R.; Perry, Matthew C.
[Obituary] In memoriam: Mortimer Brooke Meanley, Jr., 1915-2007
Mortimer Brooke Meanley, Jr., was born at Riderwood, Baltimore County, Maryland, on 19 January 1915, and died at home in Maine on 19 August 2007. He was always called “Brooke” as an adult. Much of his youth was spent in birding and other natural-history activities, interest he credits to the Boy Scouts and his teachers. These activities directed...Perry, Matthew C.