Birds of Prey: Guests
Executive Director, Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University
Greg Kaltenecker received his BS in Biology in 1989 and his MS in Raptor Biology in 1997, both from Boise State University. He co-founded the Intermountain Bird Observatory in 1993 with his major professor, Dr. Marc Bechard. The Intermountain Bird Observatory was created when Kaltenecker and colleagues discovered that the Boise Ridge is a significant raptor migration concentration point. They decided that a long-term study of bird migration was in order, and created a unique research program intimately connected to Boise State University to accomplish this goal.
One of Greg's objectives was to provide an exciting and real-life research and training opportunity for Boise State students while conducting long-term research and community outreach. Greg's research passion is bird migration, and his lifelong pursuit is to educate the public about birds, science, and conservation. He believes that a strong public community presence is critical to being an effective scientist and the easiest way to accomplish conservation is through active public engagement. The most rewarding part of his life is sharing his passion with the local public, and introducing children to birds, nature, and the outdoors.
In his spare time, Greg can be found enjoying the public lands of Idaho while fishing, hunting, and hiking. His thoughts and efforts focus on his family including wife Deniz and two daughters Ayla and Alara. He daydreams often of his favorite outdoor pursuit: saltwater fly-fishing, and Greg and family vacation to the salt as much as possible to chase this passion.
Greg Kaltenecker was also a guest scientist for this topic in 2009.
Interpretive Center Director, World Center for Birds of Prey, Boise
Bill Heinrich is a native of Colorado, where his interest in raptors developed through falconry. He has actively worked with birds of prey for 38 years.
His professional career began in 1975 when he worked as a seasonal raptor biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. In 1976 he began working full time for The Peregrine Fund, finished his college education, and became responsible for the organization's Peregrine Falcon, Aplomado Falcon, and California Condor release programs. Through the years he has personally been responsible for hiring over 800 seasonal employees.
In addition to managing release programs throughout the western United States, Mr. Heinrich has studied raptors internationally in nine countries including Bahrain, Mexico, Colombia, Greenland, Guatemala, Italy, Panama, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.
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