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Paprocki, Neil

Neil Paprocki

Neil received his M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State in August of 2013, studying wintering raptors in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

Raptor Biology Alumnus Neil Paprocki (’13) produced and directed a film entitled Bluebird Man. Bluebird Man is a half-hour documentary film about bluebird conservation and citizen science. The film was selected for the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, and was screened in Boise, Idaho, in June 2014 as a part of the North American Bluebird Society’s annual conference. Bluebird Man was also broadcast on Idaho Public Television channels.


Thesis Abstract

Since graduation Neil has worked with Golden Eagles in Utah and breeding Gyrfalcons in Nome, Alaska. He also helped co-found a wildlife conservation filmmaking non-profit, Wild Lens Inc. In 2013 he co-directed his first film, Bluebird Man, about the role of citizen scientists in the recovery of North American bluebird populations.

Since September 2014, Neil has been working as the Conservation Biologist for HawkWatch International, a raptor conservation and education non-profit based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He leads or participates in a number of projects including work with wintering and migrating raptors, Short-eared Owls, Golden Eagles, and American Kestrels.

Prior to joining the Raptor Biology program in 2010, Neil received his B.S. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in 2007. Between 2007 and 2010, Neil spent the majority of his time working with the endangered California Condor in southern California, northern Arizona, and southern Utah. In addition to trapping raptors during several fall migration seasons for the Idaho Bird Observatory, he has also worked with songbirds in New Hampshire and Nevada, fish in southern Utah, and Ptarmigan in the Alaskan arctic.


Paprocki, N., Glenn, N.F., Atkinson, E.C., Strickler, K.M., Watson, C., and Heath, J.A. 2015. Changing habitat use associated with distributional shifts of wintering raptors. Journal of Wildlife Management 79(3):402-412.

Miller, R.A., Carlisle, J.D., Paprocki, N., Kaltenecker, G.S., and Heath, J.A. 2015. Annual variation in autumn migration phenology and energetic condition at a stopover site in the western United States. Pp. 177-191 in E.M. Wood and J.L. Kellermann (editors), Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 47), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Paprocki, N., Heath, J.A., Novak, S.J. 2014. Regional distribution shifts help explain local changes in wintering raptor abundance: implications for interpreting population trends. PLoS ONE 9(1):e86814. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086814

Miller, R.A., Paprocki, N., and Urban, E.H. 2013. Melanistic adult male Northern Harrier wintering in Idaho. Western Birds 44:78-79.