Who We Are

Sarver Ecological, LLC provides custom ecological services to a variety of clients, including agencies, landscape architects, developers, and non-profit organizations.  We specialize in wildlife, invasive plants, native pollinators, native plant design, and holistic ecological assessment and management.
Matt Sarver

About Matt Sarver

Matthew Sarver is the owner/principal of Sarver Ecological, LLC. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, cum laude, from Cornell University with a concentration in Neurobiology and Animal Behavior. He has more than 15 years of field experience in ecology, wildlife biology, botany, entomology, herpetology, and land management.

He has worked for state natural heritage programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland, searched for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker for Cornell and The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas, and traveled the world, from Borneo to Colombia, studying and documenting biodiversity.

Matt is an Ecological Society of America (ESA) Certified Senior Ecologist, and a member of ESA’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Applied Ecology Section. He is also the Delaware representative on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council and the Society for Ecological Restoration Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and an Elected Fellow of the Delmarva Ornithological Society.


A recognized leader in the Mid-Atlantic conservation community, Matt is deeply committed to protecting the region’s natural resources for future generations. During seven years of leadership with the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS), he has worked closely with state agencies and conservation nonprofits on numerous critical conservation and environmental issues.

Matt’s extensive biological work on habitats and plant communities throughout the region gives him a unique perspective on ecological design.


Ecological Society of America (Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and Applied Ecology) (2008 – Present)

Society for Ecological Restoration (Mid-Atlantic Chapter) (2009 – Present)

  • Board (2012 – Present)

  • Conference Planning Committee (2012 – Present)
  • Nominations Committee (2013 – Present)

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (Life Member)

  • Board (2011 – Present)

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Delaware Invasive Species Council

Board & Committee Service

Delaware Environmental Working Group (2012 – 2015)

Delmarva Ornithological Society

  • President (2011 – 2013)
  • Vice President (2009-2011)
  • 50th Anniversary Committee Chair (2012-2013)
  • Conservation Committee (2009 – 2013)
  • Conservation Committee Chair (2013 – Present)

2nd Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas Project

  • Technical Committee (2008 – 2013)
  • Publication Committee (2011 – 2013)

Delaware Nature Society

  • Land and Biodiversity Management Committee (2011 – Present)

Delaware DNREC HAC Eco-revitalization and Green Infrastructure Subcommittee (2015 – Present)

Christina Conservancy Board (2017 – Present)


Sam Nestory is an ecologist with a passion for land management and restoration. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned a B.S. in ecology and a M.S. in entomology. Her graduate research focused on mechanical and potential biological control of Japanese stiltgrass.

Samantha Nestory

GIS Specialist / Biologist
Tim Freiday

Tim graduated from University of Delaware with an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, where he studied the ecology of King Rails in freshwater and brackish marshes. He is a passionate ecologist with a love of birds and management. He currently works for Delaware Nature Society as the Middle Run Bird Trail Project Coordinator.

Tim Freiday

Past Field Technician

Collaborating Professionals

We work with a large network of professionals as required on our projects.
Christopher Heckscher

Dr. Christopher (Kitt) Heckscher is Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Ecology at Delaware State University and the Institutional Project Director of the NOAA EPP Environmental Cooperative Science Center at DSU.

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Dr. Christopher M. Heckscher

Amanda Treher

Amanda is a Research Botanist with NatureServe, where she is responsible for regular reviews of the conservation status of North American plants. She has a M.S. degree in Plant Science from Delaware State University where she studied the taxonomy of beak sedges.

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Amanda Treher

Jeffrey Gordon

Jeff is the current president of the American Birding Association. Prior to taking the helm at the ABA, Jeff led birding tours around a goodly portion of the globe. He is a frequent speaker and trip leader at birding and nature festivals and is the coordinator for the Delaware Birding Trail.

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Jeffrey Gordon