The Raptor Research Center (RRC) operates in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State University. The RRC and the Department of Biological Sciences share common interests in basic biology and the conservation of natural resources. The center and department collaborate to pursue these interests through research, education, and conservation, especially regarding raptors (birds of prey) and their ecosystems.
The Raptor Research Center administers support from the state legislature for the Master of Science in Raptor Biology program. These state-appropriated funds are used largely to provide teaching assistantships and research support to graduate students and to faculty associated with the Raptor Biology graduate degree program. Teaching assistantships that include a stipend, a tuition and fee waiver, and student health insurance are available on a competitive basis. Additional support for master’s research projects may be available from faculty members. The Raptor Research Center provides all Raptor Biology graduate students with support toward participation in two professional meetings at which the students present results of their research. The Raptor Research Center also has modest funds for a Graduate Student proposal competition and some equipment to support student research. The RRC provides office space, computers, and basic office services to Raptor Biology graduate students and to students earning a Master of Science or Master of Arts in Biology. There are about 40 students enrolled in these master degree programs. RRC administrative staff includes three part-time permanent persons. Other forms of financial aid, such as loans or the College Work Study Program, are available to graduate students. Prospective students should contact the Financial Aid Office and consult the Boise State University catalog.
The RRC also conducts grant-based research. There are temporary professional staff members employed under such grants and cooperative agreements. In 1990, Boise State University entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and recently the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center – Snake River Field Station (SRFS). This agreement provides for diverse collaboration toward the cooperators’ mutual interests. Additionally, The Peregrine Fund provides support toward graduate student research and RRC operations. The RRC also provides support for the Intermountain Bird Observatory. The goal of these collaborations is to further accomplish the cooperators’ respective missions as they relate to biology, ecology, conservation, and education. In recent years, the scope of work by the RRC has broadened to include a greater variety of species and more diverse problems and questions. RRC’s research, education and conservation objectives are met with support from significant cost share/challenge grant projects, and cooperative agreements. Examples of projects include:
- Student research of basic and applied nature.
- Research with state and federal natural resource agencies and bureaus.
- Projects with nongovernmental organizations.
- Projects with international partners.
- Technical assistance, support, and training.
- Collaboration with The Peregrine Fund to maintain a customized world wide website that allows users to query a data base containing nearly 50,000 keyword bibliographic entries on birds of prey, conservation and ecological topics. [http://www.peregrinefund.org/library].