Raptors of the Rockies
Kate has also written and illustrated five books on raptors. Her Raptors of the West: Captured in Photographs, with Rob Palmer, won the National Outdoor Book award and Montana Book Award Grand Prize (2011). Her Falcons of North America is a superb introduction to our falcons. Bill Clark, well known field-guide author, wrote that this book is “a must for anyone who loves falcons and photos of them and wants to learn more about them.” This book was followed by the similarly well-written, superbly illustrated American Kestrel: Pint-sized Predator (2014) with outstanding photos by Kate and Rob Palmer, and then by Bald Eagle Nest: A Story of Survival in Photos. Her most recent book is Birds are People Too; Humor in the Avian World,” which shares her sense of humor along with insights into all birds.
To learn more about Kate, visit raptorsoftherockies.org where you can view her 8-min video talk on Communication in the Dark, starring Jillian the Great Horned Owl, and learn more about Raptors of the Rockies.
Kate received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982.
U.S. Geological Survey
Todd is a research wildlife biologist at the Snake River Field Station of the U.S. Geological Survey in Boise, Idaho, with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of ecology and conservation biology. His recent work focuses on understanding and mitigating threats from renewable energy to soaring birds of prey throughout North America. Todd also has an international research program focusing on raptors in central Asia – particularly on the ecology and conservation of eagles in the Republic of Kazakhstan; has more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications; and is a co-editor and author of the book The Eagle Watchers. He is also a co-founder of the innovative wildlife telemetry company Cellular Tracking Technologies, LLC. (Of interest to anyone into truly long-distance migratory raptors, his research also includes the Red-footed Falcon!)
Board of Directors, Raptor Research Foundation
Rob Bierregaard is the director of National Audubon’s Hog Island Nature Camp’s “Raptor Rapture” session and on the Board of Directors of the Raptor Research Foundation. For the past 18 years his work has focused on satellite-tracking studies of Osprey migration and long term monitoring of Osprey populations in southern New England. He is the author of Belle’s Journey, An Osprey Takes Flight (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2018).
Chairman, Raptours’ Board of Advisors
Bill Clark is the Chairman of Raptours’ Board of Advisors for which he leads or co-leads raptor tours abroad. He is also on the board of several national and international raptor institutes and foundations. He has published more than 140 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings and is the author or co-author of several raptor field guides, including two for North America (Hawks of North America and A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors, both with Brian Wheeler), one for Europe (A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, The Middle East, and North Africa), one for Latin America (Raptors of Mexico and Central America), and is currently completing one for Africa.
Dr. David Bird
David M. Bird recently retired as an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology and Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and is now living on Vancouver Island. Dr. Bird has published almost 200 peer-reviewed papers, mostly on birds of prey, and supervised 50 graduate students. He has taught several university-level courses, including ornithology, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, ethology, and scientific communication. He has written and/or edited no less than ten books, the most recent ones being Birds of Canada, 2nd Edition in 2017 and Pocket Birds of Canada in 2016. Dr. Bird is a past-president of the Raptor Research Foundation Inc. and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists; an elected Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union and the International Ornithological Union, and a member of the Board of Directors of Bird Studies Canada. He writes regular bimonthly columns on birds for Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine and Canadian Wildlife magazine. In 2017, the Society of Canadian Ornithologists gave him the Doris Spiers Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to Canadian ornithology.
She is a member of the League of Naturalists at Bear Mountain/Harriman State Park.
Heather is the executive director of Michigan Audubon. She has a background in project management, nonprofit administration, environmental education, and raptor rehabilitation. Her favorite hawk is the Harris’s Hawk.
Tom is a HMANA board member and co-editor of the American Birding Association’s Journal of North American Birds. He works on various projects for New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory.
Janice is a stay-at-home army wife and mother. Nineteen years ago, she founded the Illinois Beach State Park Hawkwatch along with Vic Berardi and her son, Paul. She is site “mom” and keeper of the data.
For her Master’s (from East Stroudsburg University ’16) she studied the nesting behavior of Broad-winged Hawks in eastern Pennsylvania. She has continued as a collaborator on the Broadwing project attaching satellite transmitters, following up with nesting pairs, and analyzing migration data. The last two springs she has participated in the Pennsylvania Goshawk Project, searching and conducting broadcast surveys.
Rebecca has volunteered at the Little Gap Banding Station, banding migrating raptors and examining ectoparasite load and the microbial communities of louse flies found on migrating raptor species. She became a certified PA Master Naturalist volunteer in 2014, in addition to completing the Hawk Mountain International Traineeship program in the spring of 2014.
Jerry has been birding since 1980 when, as an undergraduate at UM-Dearborn, he took a field biology class and became hooked on birds; since then he’s had a passion for photographing them. In 2003 he discovered the art of digiscoping—photographing birds with a spotting scope and digital camera. In 2007 he started blogging to record his observations and provide a narrative of his experiences. Check out his birding and digiscoping adventures at jerryjourdan.blogspot.com and jerryjourdan2.blogspot.com. He is a member of the American Birding Association, Erie Shores Birding Association, Black Swamp Observatory, Whitefish Point Observatory, and is serving on the Detroit River Hawk Watch Advisory Committee focusing on web content and public relations.
Susan is a retired Forest Service research social scientist who moved from Chicago to northern Michigan in 2012, and now works in her family’s marina business. Her involvement with Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch began in 2016, and in 2017 she volunteered one day a week to help with the volunteer fall migration count. Susan finds data collection almost as compelling as raptor migration.
Brian M. Wargo
Will is vice-chair of HMANA and has been a member since 1976. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer, teacher and trainer in Nepal from 1971-75 and received a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Michigan. He founded and directed JOURNEYS International—an adventure, nature and eco- travel company—and has led more than 100 active tours to Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. He helped establish the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory and was instrumental in the establishment of Hawkcount and the Raptor Population Index. His current interests include ecological restoration and understanding how birds cope with climate change.
Zoey Greenberg has her Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. Her studies in science writing, oceanography, and bird migration led her to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary where she completed training programs in both education and conservation science. Her work at the mountain has focused primarily on black and turkey vultures, including the development of a middle school curriculum on black vultures, and the investigation of various roost sites adjacent to the the sanctuary. She intends to continue spreading the word about vultures and participating in raptor field work whenever possible. She is currently the outreach and science coordinator for a whale-watching company out of San Juan Island, WA where she serves as a marine naturalist and develops data collection protocols for several boats engaged in ecotourism.
His goal of making hawks accessible to everyone has spawned his movie “Hawks on the Wing” teaching viewers hawks in flight through the use of video and audio commentary. This innovative new way of educating birders is gaining popularity and stands to be a great teaching tool/technique for hawkwatch sites throughout North America. Josh’s work can be seen on-line at www.hawksonthewing.com, in several birding apps along with publications all over Michigan.
migration data to be streamed and visualized online in real-time. At Cellular Tracking Technologies, he builds solutions to help biologists find actionable insights in the big data collected by the company’s cutting-edge telemetry devices. He was previously the founder and CEO of Specteo, a mobile data management company that provided a global platform for managing fieldwork in the cloud, and his research has earned him a place on Forbes Magazine’s list of “30 Under 30.”
A nearly lifelong birder who gained his love for spotting and counting from his mother and ornithologist father, Flat Rock resident Bob Pettit has a zeal for aviary pursuits that consistently keep his eyes toward the sky. Bob is Biology Professor Emeritus at Monroe County Community College. He has led and participated in bird counts, many through the Erie Shores Birding Association, an organization he helped found in the mid-’80s. A volunteer board member of several bird and raptor organizations for more than 30 years, Bob is a former chair of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and the Hawk Migration Association of North America and former president of the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory and its Hawk Migration co-chair. He enjoys teaching the fine points of hawk identification and finds great satisfaction when those who have attended his presentations ignite the spark of birding in others. For Bob, it’s not about racking up a list of species. It’s about camaraderie and giving a little something back.