By Jay Carlisle
Our esteemed director, Greg, has repeatedly encouraged us at IBO to strive to be a “world class” organization. I may be biased but am of the opinion that we’re very fortunate to employ a cast of very talented biologists and educators – of course including our all-star full-time employees but also extending to our hard-working volunteers and seasonal field assistants. Does that count as World Class? Who am I to say?
What I can say is that our research and education work is having an increasingly global reach!
Just for fun, here are a few quick summaries to show just how far our activities are reaching.
- In 2019, IBO received a prestigious Community Research Partnership award from the U.S. Forest Service, Wings Across the Americas, an international program
- We currently conduct or help facilitate research in 9 U.S. states, including California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
- Examples of multi-state projects include: Northern Goshawks (3 states), Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) (3 states), Long-billed Curlews (4 states), and Short-eared Owls (8 states)
- In addition to our work across much of the western United States, we also collaborate on research in 4 other countries
- Canada – Long-billed Curlew satellite telemetry (with Birds Canada)
- Mexico – Long-billed Curlew winter habitat use (with Terra Peninsular and Pronatura Noroeste)
- Mozambique – movement ecology of African vultures and ecotourism in Gorongosa National Park (with Gorongosa Restoration Project)
- Spain – fall migration of raptors near the Straits of Gibraltar (with Fundación Migres)
- IBO was also well represented at many regional, national, and international conferences and meetings in 2019, totaling 21 oral presentations and 6 posters by 10 different IBO-affiliated authors at 14 meetings in 4 countries (!!) and this doesn’t include current graduate students. In case you want a virtual tour, here are the 2019 meetings where we presented our research:
- Idaho State Bar Environment and Natural Resources Law Section meeting; Boise, Idaho – February (1 presentation)
- Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society; Boise, Idaho – March (4 presentations)
- MPG Conference; Missoula, Montana – March (1 presentation)
- International Bird Observatory Conference; Eilat, Israel – March (2 presentations)
- Partners in Flight Western Working Group; Fort Collins, Colorado – April, and San Diego, California – November (3 presentations)
- American Ornithological Society; Anchorage, Alaska – June (1 presentation)
- Idaho Undergraduate Research Conference; Boise, Idaho – July (1 presentation)
- The Wildlife Society/American Fisheries Society joint meeting; Reno, Nevada – September (5 presentations)
- Partners in Flight Public Lands Partner Engagement Day; Ashland, Oregon – October (2 presentations)
- Rio Grande Joint Venture Management Board Meeting; Monterrey, Mexico – October (1 presentation)
- Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group meeting; Panama City, Panama – October (1 presentation)
- Raptor Research Foundation conference; Fort Collins, Colorado – November (2 presentations)
- Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Symposium; Boise, Idaho – November (3 presentations)
- Lastly, we authored and/or co-authored 3 peer-reviewed journal articles that were published in 2019 (IBO staff underlined) and we have numerous others in progress:
- Askelson, K. K., R. A. Miller, J. D. Carlisle, G. S. Kaltenecker, J. F. Smith, and S. Bayard De Volo. 2019. Unusual North Goshawk mtDNA haplotype found in Rocky Mountains. Journal of Raptor Research 53:358-360.
- Miller, R. A., J. D. Carlisle, M. R. Jeffries, R. Haley, and J. G. Barnes. 2019. Winter Raptor Distributions and Habitat Associations Across Nevada. Western Birds 50:114-141.
- Coates, S. E., B. W. Wright, and J. D. Carlisle. 2019. Long-billed Curlew Nest Site Selection and Success in the Intermountain West. Journal of Wildlife Management 83:1197–1213.
This article is part of our 2019 end of the year newsletter! View the full newsletter here, or click “older posts” below to read the next article.