In 2016, Erin Arnold received her M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying barn owls (Tyto alba) along Interstates 84 and 86 in Idaho.
Following graduation, Erin worked with Raptor Biology grad student Benjamin Dudek on his Golden Eagle research. She rappelled into Golden Eagle nests (see photo on the right) and aided in data collection.
After Dudek’s field season was over, Erin went to Spain! She was sent there by the Intermountain Bird Observatory and worked for Fundación Migres in Tarifa, Spain. She aided in counting the fall bird migration across the Strait of Gibraltar. (See photo below.)
Today, Erin is the California Condor Nest Biologist for the Santa Barbara Zoo in California. The Santa Barbara Zoo works in conjunction with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (along with several other partners) for the California Condor Recovery Program. Erin monitors the nests, mating pairs, and nestlings of the Southern California flock.