Marty has been interested in bird watching since the early 1980s. He has participated in various bird surveys throughout Wisconsin since the early 1990’s such as the Christmas bird counts and breeding bird surveys. He participated in the Wisconsin bird atlas project. Marty is the Atlas coordinator for Adams county. He has led numerous bird hikes for youth groups, co-lead bird walks for the Friends of the Nature Lakeshore Preserve (Picnic Point) and led bird trips for the Madison Audubon Society. Marty, being a very active birder, has accumulated a Wisconsin life list of over 315 bird species.