Program Meeting – the Veracruz River of Raptors project

April 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Susie Wall

Steve Hoffman of Montana Audubon will provide a brief update on recent happenings at Montana Audubon, followed by an overview of an exciting project near the Gulf coast in eastern Mexico.

The Veracruz River of Raptors Project (VRR) is designed to monitor the largest raptor migration on earth (4-6 million raptors of 20 species observed each autumn). As co-founder of the project, Steve will explain how VRR was launched, as well as key findings resulting from 25 years of raptor population monitoring. Finally, Steve will highlight Montana Audubon’s forthcoming 12-day birding tour to Veracruz, which offers outstanding opportunities to enjoy this stunning migration spectacle as well as many other exciting birding experiences throughout central and southern Veracruz (300+ bird species likely on this trip).

Steve Hoffman, Executive Director of Montana Audubon since 2006, has devoted his entire 38-year career to wildlife conservation. After nine years of government service (mostly as an Endangered Species Biologist in the American Southwest), Steve founded HawkWatch International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to monitoring and conserving hawks, eagles, and other raptors in the West. Steve moved from Pennsylvania to Bozeman in 2004. He has authored more than 30 scientific papers on raptor biology and conservation, endangered species management, and coyote ecology. Steve has given dozens of presentations on the identification, migration patterns and conservation of raptors to diverse audiences throughout the United States and abroad. He earned his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University.

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