Raptor Conservation at The Peregrine Fund

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Implement the Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) and revolutionize how raptor science is conducted and disseminated around the world.

The Peregrine Fund logo with picture of bird and tagline Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide

The Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) is The Peregrine Fund’s comprehensive data collection, safe-guarding, and analysis enterprise. GRIN streamlines how raptor biologists around the world are collecting, sharing, and analyzing data. The GRIN mobile app collects and organizes virtually all types of monitoring data for every named raptor species on Earth into a single comprehensive database. Monitoring capacities are all-encompassing and include nest site monitoring data, mark-resight studies, mortality observations, and much more. This is revolutionizing the raptor community’s ability to understand ranges, population trends, and real-time threats to raptors at a global scale. GRIN is filling in critical knowledge gaps so that conservation policies and actions can be implemented at timescales meaningful for species’ continued survival.

The Peregrine Fund was founded in 1970 to restore the Peregrine Falcon, which was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999. That success encouraged the organization to expand its focus and apply its experience and understanding to raptor conservation efforts on behalf of more than 100 species in 65 countries worldwide, including the California Condor and Aplomado Falcon in the United States. The organization is non-political, solution-oriented and hands-on, with a mission to restore rare species through captive breeding and releases, improve capacity for local conservation, conduct scientific research and environmental education, and conserve habitat. Learn more about The Peregrine Fund.

Experience Gained

This program will provide an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world experience working within a science-driven conservation organization that values public engagement. Students will work closely with professional researchers at The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey as we implement the Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) and revolutionize how raptor science is conducted and disseminated around the world. View abstracts for student posters presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference 2019:

Students at the Undergraduate Research Conference 2019

Majors and Interests Needed

  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Education
  • Computer Sciences
  • Data Sciences
  • Statistics

Coach Information

Chris McClure Ph.D.is the Director of Global Conservation Science for The Peregrine Fund.Chris’ experience includes ecological modeling and vertebrate monitoring. He has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics including the effects of climate change on bird diversity across North America. You can visit Chris’ webpage here: chrimcc.wix.com/cjwm

Sarah Schulwitz, PhD is the Director of the American Kestrel Partnership for The Peregrine Fund. Sarah’s experience in avian conservation span conservation genetics, ecotoxicology, and citizen science program management

Course Information

VIP  200-018, VIP 400-018, or VIP 500-018.
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Chris McClure at cmcclure@peregrinefund.org
or Sarah Schulwitz at schulwitz.sarah@peregrinefund.org OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you.  Check out this document for tips on contacting a professor about joining a team.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section 018 of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions https://www.boisestate.edu/registrar-help/add-with-permission-number/