2021 CONFERENCE HOSTS
When founded 50 years ago by Tom Cade at Cornell University, The Peregrine Fund’s mission was to save the Peregrine Falcon from extirpation in the United States. Almost 30 years later in 1999 we celebrated success when the species was removed from the US Endangered Species list. The recovery of the Peregrine Falcon was one of conservation’s greatest success stories, one that embodied the tenacity, teamwork, and collaborative partnerships that we practice every day.
Today, our mission is global and includes all raptor species. We are responding to 21st Century conservation challenges with a new strategic plan based on the conviction of our founders—“…we will succeed by using science to inform decisions and by not accepting failure as an option”—so that by the year 2050 we will have helped create a vision of success in which bird of prey populations and their ecosystems thrive; we have enriched the lives of local communities where we work and improved their future; we have earned the reputation to serve as global experts on birds of prey and their conservation; and raptors are valued by all people. Our strategy centers on achieving four major outcomes, to:
- Save species facing imminent extinction
- Sustain landscapes of special conservation value to raptors
- Tackle landscape level threats affecting multiple species, and
- Inspire people to value raptors and take action, to include developing raptor conservation leaders worldwide.
Since inception, we have worked on behalf of more than 100 species in 65 countries worldwide, we have trained and supported over 130 professionals in raptor ecology and conservation, and over a million people have been inspired by our education and outreach programs at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise and elsewhere.
Learn more about The Peregrine Fund at www.peregrinefund.org
Neotropical Raptor Network
The Neotropical Raptor Network
The Neotropical Raptor Network is a membership-based organization that aims to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of people working with raptors in the Neotropics. Its goal is to aid the research and conservation of Neotropical raptors by promoting communication and collaboration among biologists, ornithologists, raptor enthusiasts, and other conservationists working in the Neotropics. We achieve our goal by hosting an online discussion forum, publishing a newsletter twice per year, and organizing conferences. Neotropical Raptor Network Conferences have been held at intervals since the inaugural conference in Panama in 2002 when the idea for a Neotropical network was first proposed by an enthusiastic audience. Since then conferences have been held in Iguazu, Argentina in 2006, Bariloche, Argentina in partnership with the RRF in 2013, and most recently in Costa Rica in 2016. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Boise in October 2021 for the Vth Neotropical Raptor Conference! We encourage participants from Latin America to join us in Boise by submitting oral or poster presentations to this conference or simply joining us for the camaraderie and inspiration that comes from gathering together to share experiences. Travel assistance is available through the Wings to Fly Travel Award, which is supported by generous individuals and organizations.
Intermountain Bird Observatory
The Intermountain Bird Observatory had its humble beginnings over 25 years ago studying bird migration along the Rocky Mountains of southwest Idaho. Our model of combining research and education has since spread through the western United States to nine different states as well as four other countries. We accomplish our mission by impacting human lives and contributing to conservation through a unique combination of cooperative research, education, discovery of the natural world, and community engagement. In addition to maintaining standardized annual raptor and songbird migration monitoring, the Intermountain Bird Observatory is a key partner in leading research on pressing bird conservation issues such as understanding declines of Long-billed Curlews, establishing multi-state monitoring efforts for Short-eared Owls and other species, and studying critically endangered vultures in southern Africa. We strive to become a self-sustaining, world-class center that promotes an ethic of conservation through research, education, stewardship, and community outreach. One way that we are doing this is by developing a year-round community outreach site along the Boise River where local students and residents can experience natural habitats, learn about local wildlife, participate in science and habitat restoration, and contribute to stewardship of a treasured and valuable public resource. An award-winning, hands-on model of community-based environmental education has become our signature activity as we feel strongly that public awareness and conservation are closely linked.
Learn more about IBO at www.boisestate.edu/ibo
U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a bureau of the Department of the Interior, is the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency. The USGS provides reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
USGS science at the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center – or FRESC – in Boise, Idaho focuses in part on raptors and raptor ecology. The foundation for much of our raptor work can be traced back to the Bureau of Land Management’s Snake River Birds of Prey Research Project. This BLM project conducted important studies on predator-prey relationships, habitat change and its effects on raptors, research technique development, and on focal species including Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, and others. The outcomes from this research provided the scientific basis for establishment of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The BLM project scientists were also some of the first to staff the Raptor Research and Technical Assistance Center, which now is the USGS-FRESC office in Boise.
USGS raptor research at FRESC continues the legacy of and work started by those BLM scientists. A top priority is continued contribution to the many long-term datasets focused on local raptor species. We also assess threats to and provide scientific information to support management decisions for Golden Eagles, Prairie Falcons, and Northern Spotted and Barred Owls. Recent work with biotelemetry is geared towards understanding movement behavior and its consequences for Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, California Condors and Ferruginous Hawks. Finally, we also seek to understand population-level consequences to raptors of human activities. Our research efforts are primarily focused in the western U.S., but we also collaborate on efforts in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Golden Eagle Audubon Society
Golden Eagle Audubon Society (GEAS) was founded in 1972 by a group of birders who wanted to provide opportunities for community connection and birding in the Treasure Valley and beyond. The GEAS mission expanded over the years to include conservation of public lands and the protection of birds and their habitats, citizen science, educational programs for youth and adults, and the New Roots Program for refugee youth.
Through our advocacy and conservation work our members have helped to shape many special places in southwestern Idaho including the Boise River Greenbelt, Hulls Gulch Reserve, Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, and Blacks Creek Bird Reserve. GEAS has also lent a voice of scientific expertise and advocacy to numerous issues at the national, state, and local levels.
Today, GEAS not only serves as an important source of scientifically grounded information in the community, but has greatly expanded our program offerings and mission. Though GEAS programs are still run entirely by volunteers, we now offer more than 80 annual educational programs for all ages. In 2014 GEAS also founded an innovative educational program for refugee and immigrant youth, the New Roots Program, which grows each year in program attendance and conservation impact. In 2017 GEAS founded the Treasure Valley Native Plant Network, which is on track to plant 15,000 native species in select restoration sites.
GEAS partners with dozens of organizations, schools, business, libraries, governmental agencies—and a core group of dedicated volunteers—to achieve our mission. In 2017, the City of Boise’s Mayor Bieter recognized GEAS with the City’s Good Neighbor Award for our active role in making Boise a better place to live.
For more information visit: www.goldeneagleaudubon.org
Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Partnership
The Birds of Prey NCA Partnership (BOPP) is an Idaho 501c3 non-profit organization, established in 2015 after in-depth stakeholder input and extensive feedback from both state and district BLM staff. Our mission is to support the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area through science, education, outreach and partnerships. We envision a community supported national conservation area that sustains resilient ecological communities, protects cultural resources and provides diverse, responsible recreation opportunities. Our approach in achieving our mission is to provide unique opportunities to engage the public and bring awareness to the NCA. Congress established the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in 1993 to protect a unique environment that supports one of the world’s most dense concentrations of nesting birds of prey. Falcons, eagles, hawks and owls are found here in unique profusion and variety.
Since its inception in 2015, Birds of Prey NCA Partnership has led a number of efforts in support of the NCA. In 2017, BOPP engaged high school students from the remote Duck Valley Indian Reservation to learn about native plant restoration by collecting sagebrush seeds, propagating them, and then planting them in the NCA. We hosted and co-hosted more than 40 community events in 2018, the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the MNSRBOP area, reaching over 18,000 people, doubling the number of people the NCA reaches during a typical year. BOPP also started Snake River Raptor Fest in Kuna in 2018, an annual family friendly event designed be a celebration, educational, and outreach event highlighting the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The event now attracts around 2,000 people annually. BOPP continues to participate in or coordinate raptor monitoring in the NCA for several species of raptors, as well as partners with other local non-profits and partners to continue to support their mission.
For more information visit: http://birdsofpreyncapartnership.org/