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Welcome to the Raptor Research Center

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Established in 1987, the Raptor Research Center (RRC) supports graduate education for the unique Master of Science in Raptor Biology degree from the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University. The center conducts research and provides technical assistance about birds of prey and other wildlife. The RRC also provides support for the Intermountain Bird Observatory and the center cooperates with other organizations, such as The Peregrine Fund, that share mutual interests in the basic biology of raptors and the conservation of natural resources.

The Raptor Research Center provides teaching assistantships and research support to graduate students and to faculty associated with the Raptor Biology graduate degree program. Students can conduct research on a variety of topics and species in the laboratory, as local field projects, or in international settings.

Raptor Research Center scientists conduct grant-based research with a variety of wildlife species and diverse conservation issues.

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Raptor in KenyaIn January 2016 there will be a special opportunity for students to participate in the class Raptors of Kenya: Their Biology and Conservation, for 3 semester hours of credit.  The class will take place January 2-9, 2016, in Lake Navasha and Masai Mara National Park, Kenya.  Fees will be $2500, which includes food, lodging, and in-country transportation.  Participants must provide their own round-trip airfare to Nairobi, Kenya.  For more information, see Dr. Marc Bechard or email

See Vulture Conservation in India to experience the adventure of this 2015 Spring Break Trip to India.

Visit the “Boise State is for the Birds” webpage!