Our December speaker is Rob Domenech, executive director and founder of Raptor View Research Institute (RVRI). Golden Eagles will be the main topic as Rob shares with us his vast knowledge of these majestic birds. Rob founded RVRI in 2004 and has since become one of the leading authorities on Golden Eagle migration ecology in the west.
Come learn about the travels of “Diego”, an adult Golden Eagle tracked via satellite telemetry for over 4 years covering more than 24,000 miles. Diego is one of over 40 adult Golden Eagles that Rob and his team have tracked using satellite telemetry. We will be hearing about where these eagles’ summer and winter, as well as how data being used to affect conservation for this “species of concern.” Rob will highlight aspects of RVRI’s ongoing research and update us on their studies of blood-lead levels in both Golden and Bald Eagles. He will also touch in on wing-tags vs. standard and how Citizen Science participation, smart phones, and other resources help them to keep tabs on tagged eagles.
Rob graduated from the University of Montana in 2002 with a Wildlife Biology degree. For much of the 1990’s he worked throughout western Montana scouting for suitable sites to establish the first fall raptor migration ridgeline banding study in Montana. Since its founding, RVRI’s data and analysis has contributed to numerous studies, some of which have been published in peer reviewed journals such as, The Journal of Raptor Research, The Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology and Northwestern Naturalist. When not in the field, you can find Rob promoting awareness of raptor ecology to youth and community groups.
Come meet Rob on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Rm 123 of the Gallagher Business Building on the University of Montana campus.