Jeff Ritterson

Jeff Ritterson

Jeff is a Field Ornithologist at Mass Audubon, where he focuses on working landscapes and the habitat management of forest birds, including the coordination of Mass Audubon’s Foresters for the Birds program. Before coming to Mass Audubon, Jeff specialized in tropical ecology and the conservation of resident and migratory birds. This work has allowed Jeff to spend over three years among the forests and wildlife of Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica. He also worked in southern California for several years, and has driven cross-country three times.

Originally hailing from Delaware, Jeff attended graduate school at UMass Amherst, where he investigated the winter habitat of the migratory Golden-winged Warbler as well as the role of alternative coffee farming in the conservation of forest bird species in Costa Rica. Trips to the Galapagos, Belize, and several Caribbean islands have solidified Jeff’s love of the new world tropics. He highly values his time spent travelling, and loves creating new experiences with friends, both old and new.