Jeff Marks

Jeff Marks

Jeff Marks was born in Connecticut, USA, in 1955 but has lived in the western states of Montana, Idaho or Oregon (with a couple of years in Hawaii mixed in) since 1975. He studied nesting ecology of Long-eared Owls and nonbreeding ecology of Bristle-thighed Curlews for MS and PhD degrees, respectively, at the University of Montana. He recently completed a study of nesting Northern Saw-whet Owls on a commercial tree farm in Oregon. He was Book Review Editor for the Journal of Raptor Research from 1994–2005 and Managing Editor of The Auk from 1995–2000. He has been a member of the Montana Bird Records Committee since 1997 (Secretary since 2003). His jobs have included Research Biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Idaho, Biologist for the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Adjunct Faculty in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana, and Director of Bird Conservation for Montana Audubon. He has led birding tours in The Gambia, Ghana, western Mexico, and throughout Montana. In 2016, he and two co-authors published Birds of Montana (Buteo Books), which is the first comprehensive book on the birds of that state. He became a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union in 2005. With Birds of Montana co-author Paul Hendricks, Jeff founded the non-profit NGO Montana Bird Advocacy in the summer of 2017.