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RRC Expertise

Raptor Research Center staff members have a variety of experience with raptor biology, survey and monitoring projects, and utilizing radio telemetry to address objectives associated with animal movements.

Marc Bechard is interested in plants and animals, particularly birds.  He has conducted botanical and air pollution research projects but more recently has turned to ecological studies of the habitat needs of such birds of prey as eagles, hawks, falcons, and ospreys with the aim of helping to preserve biological diversity.

Mark Fuller has worked on survey and monitoring methods, summaries of raptor population status, raptor food habits, avian habitat use, and the annual movements of birds.

Kirk Bates is interested and involved in many aspects of survey and monitoring studies, including objectives and study designs, methods and their implementation, data acquisition, management, interpretation, and mapping.  He has focused primarily on raptors and other avian species, is highly proficient in all aspects of Argos and GPS satellite telemetry, as well as more current mobile telemetry tracking systems, and has applied this expertise to tracking wildlife movements for the last two decades.  Kirk is involved in the development of radio telemetry techniques, especially satellite telemetry, for wildlife studies, and innovative designs and studies using conventional telemetry, satellite telemetry, GSM, and other tracking systems.

See additional selected references and publications about surveys and use of radio telemetry.