Last week, IBO staff and students presented their research and spent time networking at the annual Raptor Research Foundation conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. We had a fantastic time learning about our colleagues’ research and networking with partners.
Undergraduate students Allyson Bangerter and Eliana Heiser created a poster on Northern Goshawk breeding success based on their work with Rob Miller and “Team Goshawk” this summer. Their poster explored how this season’s extremely wet spring caused a major decrease in goshawk nesting this year.
IBO research biologist and statistician, Rob Miller, also presented results from the Project WAfLS Short-eared Owl survey program. He shared his work on the use of multi-scale occupancy modelling and maximum entropy modelling to identify population status, habitat and climate associations. Using data collected by citizen scientists to learn what habitats Short-eared Owls need will hopefully lead to better conservation actions for this species going forward!