In 2001, Catherine received her M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying Peregrine Falcons in central west Greenland.
Catherine was an Avian Biologist and Bird Conservation Coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 2008 to 2012. She was responsible for developing and carrying out a statewide strategy to protect and conserve Montana’s non-game birds and their habitats.
Currently, she is a Sagebrush, Wetland and Farm Bill Coordinator for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Catherine’s duties include working to conserve priority habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife. She is also responsible for the Migratory Bird Habitat Program, the agency lead on Sage-grouse issues, and a liaison to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Services Agency.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Wightman, C.S., V.A. Saab, C. Forristal, K. Mellen-McLean, and A. Markus. 2010. White-headed Woodpecker nesting ecology after wildfire. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(5):1098-1106.
Wightman, C.S. 2009. Survival and movements of fledgling Western Bluebirds. The Southwestern Naturalist 54(3):248-252.
Wightman, C.S., S.S. Germaine, and P. Beier. 2007. Landbird community composition varies among seasons in a heterogeneous ponderosa pine forest. Journal of Field Ornithology 78(2):184-194.
Wightman, C.S., and S.S. Germaine. 2006. Forest stand characteristics altered by restoration affect Western Bluebird habitat quality. Restoration Ecology 14(4):653-661.