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About Charley Eiseman

My passion is to continually deepen my connection with my natural surroundings and help others to do the same. I do this in part through writing, photography, teaching, leading natural history walks, giving slide show presentations, and conducting plant and animal surveys. I live in western Massachusetts and work throughout New England.

Self-Portrait with Grouse


Master of Science, Botany - Field Naturalist Program, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (2006)

Bachelor of Science, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2000)
Minor: African-American Music & Jazz/Guitar


Permaculture Design Certificate (2011)

Track & Sign III, CyberTracker Conservation (2007)

Bander, North American Banding Council (2003)


Kestrel Land Trust, Amherst, MA (2007-13)
GIS mapping; natural resource inventories

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Amherst, MA (2012)
Natural resource inventories

Polatin Ecological Services, Gill, MA (2007-08, 2012)
Rapid ecological assessment; natural resource inventory

Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Westborough, MA (2008-12)
Surveys for rare plants and animals; GIS mapping of rare plant habitat; fact sheet writing; vernal pool certification

Native Geographic, Pike, NH (2012)
Mammal tracking surveys for the Staying Connected Initiative

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Pittsfield, MA (2010-11)
Natural resource inventory; rare species survey

Hadley Conservation Commission, Hadley, MA (2011)
Animal tracking survey; vernal pool survey

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2010-11)
Co-created and co-taught a 3-credit January term course, Ecology Through Animal Tracking

The Trustees of Reservations, Holyoke, MA (2010)
Botanical inventory

UMass Landscape Ecology Lab, Amherst, MA (2000-02, 2007-09)
Plant sampling; natural community classification; assisted with study of marbled salamanders and other vernal pool animals

Winooski Valley Park District, Burlington, VT (2005-08)
Natural resource inventories; bobcat tracking study; wildlife corridor study

Mass Audubon Ecological Extension Service, Lincoln, MA (2006-07)
Ecological inventory of state Wildlife Management Areas

Landscape Analysis, South Burlington, VT (2006-07)
Botanical inventory; natural community classification; natural history walk

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord, NH (2006)
Plant sampling; natural community classification; rapid ecological assessments

Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Burlington, VT (2003-06)
Breeding bird surveys

University of Vermont Botany Department, Burlington, VT (2005)
Teaching fellow (Introduction to Botany; Systematics & Phylogeny

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, Rochester, NY (2001-04)
Migratory bird banding

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (2002)
Assisted with long-term study of black-throated blue warblers

Pelham Conservation Commission, Pelham, MA (2002)
Vernal Pool Certification

Klamath Bird Observatory, Ashland, OR (2001)
Breeding bird banding and surveys

The Nature Conservancy, Middletown, CT (2000)
Rapid ecological assessments; natural community classification

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Amherst, MA (1998)
Forest inventory