Bob Reitsma has a history in neotropical avian habitat selection in anthropogenic habitats. Having a research background and a handyman’s eye, Reitsma provides behind-the-scenes logistical support for much of the research conducted at the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). In addition, Reitsma manages Neighborhood Nestwatch, SMBC’s flagship citizen-science program that currently takes place in backyards and schoolyards in seven metropolitan regions.
Reitsma strives to keep SMBC running like a well-oiled machine, particularly during the center's current period of expansion. This involves keeping equipment shelves well stocked with functioning equipment and facilitating administrative, permitting and other logistical needs that glue SMBC together. In addition, through careful management and fundraising, Reitsma has nursed Neighborhood Nestwatch from its humble beginnings as a D.C. program with just 40 participating families to a national program involving thousands of participants each year.
Evans, B. S., Ryder, T. B., Reitsma, R., Hurlbert, A. H. and Marra, P. Characterizing avian survival along a rural-to-urban land use gradient. Ecology. 2015, 96: 1631–1640.
T.B. Ryder, R. Reitsma, B. Evans, and P. Marra. Quantifying avian nest survival along an urbanization gradient using citizen- and scientist-generated data. Ecological Applications. 2010, 20: 419-426.
Evans, C., Abrams, E., Reitsma, R., Roux, K., Salmonsen, L, and P. Marra. The Neighborhood Nestwatch Program: Participant outcomes of a citizen-science ecological research project. Conservation Biology. 2005, 19(3): 589-594.