Boise State raptor biologist Marc Bechard is in India for spring break, along with students in his class: Sara Pourzamani, Anna Autilio, Inna Pervukhina-Smith, Andrea Gibbons, Kristi Weckwerth and Lauren Young. The group will be getting a closer look at India’s critically endangered vultures.
The veterinary drug diclofenac, used to ease joint pain in aging cows, has decimated endemic Indian vulture populations in recent years. When they die, the cows are taken to graveyard fields where vultures have always eaten them. Diclofenac is fatal to vultures; this has caused as much as a 95 percent decline in several species of Indian vultures.
Follow BSU photographer John Kelly’s photodocumentary and read about the trip to India and the research being done there at Boise State University’s Update.
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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 Idaho 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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