2020 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
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.