Human Influence on Raptors
Study Finds Illegal Killing of Protected Idaho Wildlife More Widespread than Previously Known
(2020) A new study has, for the first time, quantified the problem of the illegal killing of several species of non-game birds and snakes in two conservation areas in southwestern Idaho: the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and the Long-billed Curlew Habitat Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The journal Conservation Science and Practice has published the study by 18 authors representing Boise State University’s Raptor Research Center, Intermountain Bird Observatory, and Department of Biological Sciences; the U.S. Geological Survey; the Idaho Army National Guard; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; and Conservation Science Global, Inc., with cooperating partners the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Idaho Power Corporation. Boise State University’s article by Anna Webb describes the study in broad strokes.
Researchers Investigate Climate Change Effects on American Kestrel
(2019) Boise State University news article regarding the work of Raptor Biology professor Dr. Julie Heath and M.S. Raptor Biology Student Sadie Ranck.
New Research Shows Owls’ Ability to Hunt Impaired by Noise
(2016) The study by Jesse Barber, assistant professor of biology at Boise State University, and Tate Mason, Boise State alumnus and education coordinator for The Peregrine Fund, is the first to examine the impact of noise on a predatory bird. Their findings were published in the journal Biological Conservation under the title “Anthropogenic noise impairs owl hunting behavior.”