Contact Our Staff

For general inquiries, you can use our contact form, or email us at IBO@BoiseState.edu

Our mailing address is:

Intermountain Bird Observatory
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515

Our office location is:

On the Boise State University main campus, in the Capitol Village. Located here on Google Maps.

Meet our team

Our crew of full-time biologists keeps IBO’s research and outreach projects going. Learn more about our team and how you can contact them.

  • Greg with his daughter looking at a Cooper's Hawk

    Greg Kaltenecker

    Diane and Winston Moore Family Endowed Executive Director

    Greg Kaltenecker co-founded IBO in 1992.  He received his BS in Biology and his MS in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. Greg currently holds the Diane and Winston Moore Endowed Chair for the Director of the Intermountain Bird Observatory.  Greg’s research passion is bird migration, and his lifelong pursuit is to educate the public about birds, science, and conservation. He believes that a strong public community presence is critical to being an effective scientist, and that the easiest way to accomplish conservation is through active public engagement.

    Greg Kaltenecker co-founded IBO in 1992.  He received his BS in Biology and his MS in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. Greg currently holds the Diane and Winston Moore Endowed Chair for the Director of the Intermountain Bird Observatory.  Greg’s research passion is bird migration, and his lifelong pursuit is to educate the public about birds, science, and conservation. He believes that a strong public community presence is critical to being an effective scientist, and that the easiest way to accomplish conservation is through active public engagement.

  • Jay holding a Long-billed Curlew

    Jay Carlisle

    Research Director

    Jay Carlisle is the Research Director of IBO and an Associate Research Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State.  He has worked with the Intermountain Bird Observatory since 1996 and Jay’s research interests are focused on the stopover ecology, habitat needs, and conservation of migratory landbirds in the West and in Latin America.  In his free time, Jay enjoys birding, soccer, hiking, trying to speak Spanish, and international travel.

    Jay Carlisle is the Research Director of IBO and an Associate Research Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State.  He has worked with the Intermountain Bird Observatory since 1996 and Jay’s research interests are focused on the stopover ecology, habitat needs, and conservation of migratory landbirds in the West and in Latin America.  In his free time, Jay enjoys birding, soccer, hiking, trying to speak Spanish, and international travel.

  • Jessica measuring the bill of a Cooper's Hawk

    Jessica Pollock

    Research Biologist

    Jessica joined IBO in 2011 after a variety of field jobs across the US and Canada and then completing her MS degree studying cavity-nesting birds from the University of Idaho. Jessica co-manages the IMBCR point-count program across Idaho and Utah. She pioneered IBO’s hummingbird banding project and is co-chair of the NABC hummingbird sub-committee. Jessica teaches banding workshops annually as an NABC certified songbird and raptor trainer. Originally from beautiful British Columbia, she now heads up IBO’s “satellite office” near (the equally beautiful) Sun Valley, Idaho.

    Jessica joined IBO in 2011 after a variety of field jobs across the US and Canada and then completing her MS degree studying cavity-nesting birds from the University of Idaho. Jessica co-manages the IMBCR point-count program across Idaho and Utah. She pioneered IBO’s hummingbird banding project and is co-chair of the NABC hummingbird sub-committee. Jessica teaches banding workshops annually as an NABC certified songbird and raptor trainer. Originally from beautiful British Columbia, she now heads up IBO’s “satellite office” near (the equally beautiful) Sun Valley, Idaho.

  • Rob holding a Northern Goshawk

    Rob Miller

    Statistician and Research Biologist

    Rob joined IBO in 2009 as a volunteer. This was his first step as a biologist after a 21-year career at HP. After completing a MS Degree in Raptor Biology, Rob joined IBO full time in 2013. Rob leads IBO Team Goshawk, a long-term study of goshawk ecology within the Intermountain West, and Project WAfLS, an eight state survey of Short-eared Owls. His other projects include Flammulated Owls, Great Gray Owls, woodpeckers (all ten species in Idaho), Mountain Quail, Belted Kingfishers, and Black Swifts. He has studied raptor migration in Tarifa, Spain and raptor populations in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

    Rob joined IBO in 2009 as a volunteer. This was his first step as a biologist after a 21-year career at HP. After completing a MS Degree in Raptor Biology, Rob joined IBO full time in 2013. Rob leads IBO Team Goshawk, a long-term study of goshawk ecology within the Intermountain West, and Project WAfLS, an eight state survey of Short-eared Owls. His other projects include Flammulated Owls, Great Gray Owls, woodpeckers (all ten species in Idaho), Mountain Quail, Belted Kingfishers, and Black Swifts. He has studied raptor migration in Tarifa, Spain and raptor populations in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

  • child holds a Bewick's Wren

    Heidi Ware Carlisle

    Education Director

    Heidi joined IBO in 2008 when she volunteered as an undergrad intern at Lucky Peak. She worked at IBO throughout her bachelor’s degree, then went on to earn her M.S. in Biology from Boise State in 2014, where she studied the impacts of traffic noise on migrating songbirds. As Education Director Heidi coordinates our Boise River Research Station, runs our social media pages, conducts field trips, and teaches courses. Heidi focuses on using IBO’s strengths in hands-on science and community involvement to integrate K-12 science education with bird conservation.

    Heidi joined IBO in 2008 when she volunteered as an undergrad intern at Lucky Peak. She worked at IBO throughout her bachelor’s degree, then went on to earn her M.S. in Biology from Boise State in 2014, where she studied the impacts of traffic noise on migrating songbirds. As Education Director Heidi coordinates our Boise River Research Station, runs our social media pages, conducts field trips, and teaches courses. Heidi focuses on using IBO’s strengths in hands-on science and community involvement to integrate K-12 science education with bird conservation.

  • Christian wearing binoculars standing near a mountain lake

    Christian Meny

    Research Biologist

    Christian coordinates the most expansive bird monitoring program in Big Sky Country: the Montana Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions program (MT IMBCR). Formerly run by the UM Avian Science Center, IBO inherited the MT IMBCR program in 2015. Some of his favorite aspects of the job include contributing to a data set that is intended to protect birds and their habitats, teaching backcountry bird ID and observational skills to eager technicians, providing annual outreach and education for hundreds of private landowners regarding avian biology, and ultimately working to strengthen wildland conservation in Montana and beyond.

    Christian coordinates the most expansive bird monitoring program in Big Sky Country: the Montana Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions program (MT IMBCR). Formerly run by the UM Avian Science Center, IBO inherited the MT IMBCR program in 2015. Some of his favorite aspects of the job include contributing to a data set that is intended to protect birds and their habitats, teaching backcountry bird ID and observational skills to eager technicians, providing annual outreach and education for hundreds of private landowners regarding avian biology, and ultimately working to strengthen wildland conservation in Montana and beyond.

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    Heather Hayes

    Community Science Coordinator, Research Biologist

    Heather joined the IBO team in 2015 as a research biologist and works on the Long-billed Curlew Satellite Tracking program and as a bander for the Hummingbird Monitoring project. She has since deepened her role within the organization by serving as Community Science Coordinator. She is passionate about integrating her fieldwork with education, bringing a unique perspective to schools with “Curlews in the Classroom” programming and Hunter’s Ed classes with “Know Your Target” education. Heather also serves as the state-wide volunteer coordinator for the Short-eared Owl landscape study (WAfLS), as well as coordinating visitors to IBO’s banding research stations.

    Heather joined the IBO team in 2015 as a research biologist and works on the Long-billed Curlew Satellite Tracking program and as a bander for the Hummingbird Monitoring project. She has since deepened her role within the organization by serving as Community Science Coordinator. She is passionate about integrating her fieldwork with education, bringing a unique perspective to schools with “Curlews in the Classroom” programming and Hunter’s Ed classes with “Know Your Target” education. Heather also serves as the state-wide volunteer coordinator for the Short-eared Owl landscape study (WAfLS), as well as coordinating visitors to IBO’s banding research stations.

  • Jeremy Halka holds a Long-billed Curlew

    Jeremy Halka

    Research Biologist

    Jeremy transitioned from a seasonal technician to full-time IBO staff in 2016 and serves primarily as a co-manager of the large IMBCR point-count project in Idaho and Utah.  He also helped pilot a bioacoustics project at Lucky Peak in collaboration with MPG Ranch from Montana.  He is mostly interested in passive research/monitoring techniques and new technologies that give us more information and new perspectives into the avian world.  He enjoys getting out in the field to train technicians on bird identification and to aid in the various IBO projects.

    Jeremy transitioned from a seasonal technician to full-time IBO staff in 2016 and serves primarily as a co-manager of the large IMBCR point-count project in Idaho and Utah.  He also helped pilot a bioacoustics project at Lucky Peak in collaboration with MPG Ranch from Montana.  He is mostly interested in passive research/monitoring techniques and new technologies that give us more information and new perspectives into the avian world.  He enjoys getting out in the field to train technicians on bird identification and to aid in the various IBO projects.

  • Staff profile image of Stephanie Coates holding a Long-billed Curlew

    Stephanie Coates

    Research Biologist

    Stephanie first joined IBO as a songbird bander in 2009. After several years on the well-worn field job circuit of aspiring biologists, she completed her master’s at BSU with Long-billed Curlews, examining nesting success, winter movement patterns, and site fidelity. She hopes her history of being an occasional traitor to the bird-nerd world through varied field work choices brings broader ecological perspective to her research at IBO. Her current roles include continued monitoring and satellite tracking of curlews and leading IBO’s Yellow-billed Cuckoo project. She also enjoys bicycle touring and attempting to grow anything other than arugula in her garden.

    Stephanie first joined IBO as a songbird bander in 2009. After several years on the well-worn field job circuit of aspiring biologists, she completed her master’s at BSU with Long-billed Curlews, examining nesting success, winter movement patterns, and site fidelity. She hopes her history of being an occasional traitor to the bird-nerd world through varied field work choices brings broader ecological perspective to her research at IBO. Her current roles include continued monitoring and satellite tracking of curlews and leading IBO’s Yellow-billed Cuckoo project. She also enjoys bicycle touring and attempting to grow anything other than arugula in her garden.

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