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Raptor Research Center announces new interim director

Boise State researchers studying raptor nests outside Boise
Julie Heath and Alexandra (Allie) Anderson, Kestrel nest research

Boise State’s Raptor Research Center has announced Julie Heath is its new interim director.

The center expressed gratitude for former director Jim Belthoff’s service. Belthoff led the center for six years, bringing in several grants and projects, broadening collaboration with research partners and overseeing remodeling in the Raptor Research Center Building.

The Raptor Research Center, operating within the Department of Biological Sciences, makes use of Boise’s location near the Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area. It conducts research about birds of prey and their habitats, assists students and researchers, offers student international research experiences, and supports Boise State’s unique Master of Science in Raptor Biology program.

Under Heath’s leadership, the center will continue to support graduate and undergraduate student education; be a hub for academic, professional and non-profit collaborations; and be a leader in raptor research and conservation.