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Booms, Travis L.

In 2002, Travis received his M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying the Gyrfalcon in central west Greenland.

Thesis AbstractTravis L. Booms

Thesis Research & Resulting Publications

After graduation, Travis worked for the National Science Foundation on the Greenland Ice Cap and as a Biologist at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Zoology from University of Alaska Fairbanks, studying the Gyrfalcon breeding biology in Alaska.

Travis is currently Regional Wildlife Biologist for central, western, and northern Alaska (ADF&G Regions III & V).  He is based in the Fairbanks ADF&G Regional office. In addition, Travis is an active participant in Boreal Partners in Flight, serves as an executive committee member of the Alaska Raptor Group, and is the Region III falconry representative for ADF&G.

 

Publications since Boise State University graduate school:

Travis L. BoomsBooms, T.  2012.  Banded Alaskan Gyrfalcon discovered in Arabian falconry.  Journal of Raptor Research 46:226-227.

Booms, T., L. Parrett, and M. Keech 2012. Use of a net-gun to safely capture Short-eared Owls in mid-flight from a helicopter.  Journal of Raptor Research 46:208-211.

Booms, T., S. Talbot, G. Sage, B. McCaffery, K. McCracken, and P. Schempf. 2011. Nest site fidelity and dispersal of Gyrfalcons estimated by non-invasive genetic sampling. Condor 113:768-778.

Booms, T., M. Lindgren, and F. Huettmann. 2011. Linking Alaska’s predicted climate, Gyrfalcon, and ptarmigan distributions in space and time: A unique 200 year perspective. Pp. 177-190 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds), Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World, Vol. I, The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.

Matz, A., T. Swem, P. Johnson, T. Booms, and C. White. 2011. Contaminants and breeding Gyrfalcons: potential for climate change to increase exposure and effects.  Pp. 161-175 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds), Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World, Vol. I, The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.

Fuller, M., P. Schempf, and T. Booms. 2011. Developing Gyrfalcon surveys and monitoring for Alaska. Pp. 275-282 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds), Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World, Vol. I, The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.

McCaffery, B., T. Booms, T. Doolittle, F. Broerman, J. Morgart, and K. Sowl. 2011. The ecology of Gyrfalcons on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.  Pp. 191-220 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds), Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World, Vol. I, The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.

Rosenfield, R., T. Booms, K. Burnham, B. McCaffery, and R. Goodwin. 2011. The potential for long-term monitoring and research of Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon breeding populations using undergraduate students: an apparent inexhaustible source of funding.  Pp. 373-384 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds), Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World, Vol. I, The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.

Booms, T.L., P.F. Schempf, and M.R. Fuller 2011. Preening behavior of adult Gyrfalcons tagged with backpack transmitters. Journal of Raptor Research 45:264-267.

Booms, T.L.  2010. Gyrfalcon breeding biology in Alaska. PhD dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.

Booms, T.L, P.F. Schempf, B.J. McCaffery, M.S. Lindberg, and M.R. Fuller. 2010. Detection probability of cliff-nesting raptors during helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft surveys in Western Alaska. Journal of Raptor Research 44:175-187.

Booms, T.L., J.S. Whitman, and C.L. Gardner. 2010. Utility of helicopters for Short-eared Owl nest searching and surveys. Journal of Raptor Research 44:247-248.

Booms, T.L., F. Huettmann, and P.F. Schempf. 2009. Gyrfalcon nest distribution in Alaska based on a predictive model. Polar Biology 33:347-358.

Rosenfield, R. N., J. Bielefeldt, L. J. Rosenfield, T. Booms, and M. A. Bozek. 2009. Survival rates and lifetime reproduction in breeding male Cooper’s Hawks in Wisconsin, 1980-2005. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:610-617.

Booms, T., B. J. McCaffery, and P. Schempf. 2008. Molted feather persistence and aging in a sub-Arctic environment. Condor 110:756-762.

Booms, T.L., N. J. Clum, and T. J. Cade. 2008. Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus). In The Birds of North America Online, No. 114 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Ithaca: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Booms, Travis and B. J. McCaffery. 2007. A novel use of passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags as nest markers. Journal of Field Ornithology 78: 83-86.

Booms, Travis. 2006. The Gyrfalcon, a book review. Quarterly Review of Biology. 81:185-186.

 

Articles about Travis Booms:

The Windhover in High Country News

The Specialist in National Wildlife

 

For more information on Travis:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifediversity.staff