Jason began working for the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group in 1990. He participated in releasing Peregrine Falcons throughout northern California as part of the West Coast Recovery program. Hack sites included Muir Beach, Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Recreation Area, and Lake Crowley.
From 1991 to 1995, Jason worked with the Peregrine Fund’s Maya Project in Tikal National Park, Guatemala, first as a biological technician and later working on his master’s research. Before studying the breeding ecology of Crane Hawks, Jason participated in Neotropical resident and migratory bird banding, nest observations and radio-tracking of resident birds of prey, and diurnal raptor surveys in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.
From 1996 to 2001, Jason was a wildlife biologist and GIS specialist for various environmental consulting firms in southwestern Idaho. Projects involved bighorn sheep in the Owyhee Canyonlands, small mammal trapping and aerial surveys of pronghorn, sage-grouse, and raptors in the Bruneau Desert, and meso-predator ecology in the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge along the Snake River.
From 2001 to 2005, Jason was an ecologist and Geographic Information System (GIS) specialist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Boise, Idaho. His duties included coordinating and conducting the roads and trails inventory project for the Owyhee and Bruneau Field Offices.
From 2005 to 2010, Jason returned to the private sector as a senior wildlife biologist and GIS analyst for various environmental consulting firms. In addition to coordinating ecological and wildlife projects for oil and gas developments in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Utah, Jason prepared a Strategic Conservation Plan for the Bayfield Regional Conservancy, a non-profit land trust in northern Wisconsin.
Jason returned to the BLM in 2010 and became the wildlife biologist for the Owyhee Field Office.
Currently, Jason is a wildlife biologist for the BLM-Idaho State Office in Boise, Idaho.
Besides pursuing his professional research interests in wildlife and landscape ecology, Jason enjoys exploring the deserts, rivers, and mountains of the Intermountain West with his wife and gaggle of children.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Sutter, J.A. 2012. Crane Hawk. In D.F. Whitacre, ed., Neotropical Raptors: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community, pp. 104-119. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Sutter, J. 2011. Owyhee Front Golden Eagle Monitoring. 2011. BLM, Owyhee Field Office, Marsing, Idaho. 15 pp.
Sutter, J. 2010. Murphy Subregion Travel Management Plan Golden Eagle Monitoring. 2010. BLM, Owyhee Field Office, Marsing, Idaho. 19 pp.