In 2018, the following positions on the Raptor Research Foundation board of directors will be filled:
- North American Director #2
- At large Director #2
- At large Director #5
- At large Director Outside of North America
Only current members with paid dues for 2018 are eligible to vote. The voting period is 1-31 August 2018.
Electronic Ballot: Voting is available electronically and you will need your OSNA (Ornithological Society of North America, which handles our membership database) login information in order to vote online.
Paper Ballot: If you prefer to vote via paper ballot, contact Scott Gillihan (OSNAmembers@gmail.com or 312-883-4670) at the OSNA Business Office by 10 August, and one will be mailed to you to fill out and return. It is recommended that ballots being mailed from outside the U.S. should be sent via airmail.
- Libby Mojica
- Jim Bednarz
- Brian Washburn
North American Director (1 position):
- Cindy Kemper
At Large Director (2 positions):
- Lisa Takats Priestly
- Travis Booms
- Rich Van Buskirk
At large outside North America (1 position):
- Jemima Parry-Jones
Libby Mojica is a wildlife biologist at EDM International in Colorado, USA researching avian electrocution and collision issues. She received her master’s degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation at The University of Georgia working with bald eagles. Libby has been a member of RRF since 2000 and has contributed to RRF as an officer (Vice-President, President-Elect, and President) and on several committees (conferences, scientific program, awards, early career raptor researchers, website). Libby has training and experience in organizational management, budget forecasting, communications, and strategic planning through her work in academic, non-profit, and private companies. If reelected to the presidency, her goals for her second term include expanding support for student involvement in RRF, increasing training opportunities for members, and stabilizing financial support and endowments for RRF.
James (Jim) Bednarz
Jim Bednarz received his undergraduate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from New Mexico State University. He completed a M.S. degree in Animal Ecology at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. degree in Biology at the University of New Mexico. Jim has conducted research on six continents for more than three decades emphasizing avian population ecology and conservation. Most of this work has been focused on birds of prey and Neotropical migratory songbirds. Specifically, Jim has spent more than 10 years investigating the biology of Harris’s Hawks, 8 years studying the ecology of Galápagos Hawks, and recently has been involved in ecological and conservation research on American Kestrels, Bald Eagles, Harris’s Hawks, Mississippi Kites, and Red-shouldered Hawks. Jim has published over 130 scholarly works including peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, book reviews, book chapters, conference proceedings, one technical book, and was the Editor of the Journal of Raptor Research for 5 years. He has served four terms on the Raptor Research Foundation, Inc. (RRF) Board, has missed only one annual RRF meeting since 1993, chaired several RRF committees including was a past Conservation Committee and Scientific Program Chair, and is the current Vice President. Jim is currently a Senior Lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas. If re-elected as Vice President, Jim plans to work closely with the President to insure the long-term stability and growth of RRF globally and the continued improvement in the quality of the Journal of Raptor Research. He would also like to see the RRF increase its contributions and impact on global raptor conservation issues. Finally, Jim will continue to serve as a strong advocate and supporter for the involvement of students and young raptor biologists in the RRF.
Brian earned a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2000. He has been a researcher with the USDA, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center since 2003. Brian is considered to be the raptor specialist for his agency and works with a variety of partners (e.g., US Fish and Wildlife Service, Audubon Society) on efforts to understand and reduce raptor-human conflicts. Brian is also an adjunct professor at Michigan State University. His research interests include wildlife stress and reproductive physiology, reducing human-wildlife conflicts, movement ecology, and habitat management. Currently, he has research projects involving Bald Eagles, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, and Short-eared Owls.
Brian has been involved in RRF through a wide range of activities since 2009. He has served as the Editor of Wingspan (RRF’s newsletter) since early 2014, working hard to revamp and expand this critical publication. Brian has served as the North American #3 RRF Board of Directors member during 2015–2017. During his tenure, he has been involved in a variety of issues and topics, including items related to RRF membership, communications, and the USGS Bird Banding Lab. He publishes in and reviews for the Journal of Raptor Research, including serving as a guest editor for a special issue on Ospreys. Brian has hosted and participated in several symposia at RRF conferences, and routinely presents at our meetings.
Brian believes RRF is the premier professional society that leads our profession in the advancement of raptor conservation. He believes the RRF organization is at a critical crossroads in its evolution; this a great opportunity to intermix “older, seasoned” technologies and raptor professionals and “newer” technologies (e.g,. social media) and young, energetic students, especially on a world-wide scale. This is reflected in many of the issues the current RRF leadership has addressed during the past few years. He is excited about the possibilities and would like to see RRF capitalize on our vast resources and talents to increase the impact and value of the organization.
North American Director #2
Cindy Kemper completed her MSc. research on raptor electrocution mortality on power lines at the University of Alberta in 2005. After a brief position dipping her feet into the provincial Fish and Wildlife Species at Risk program, she spent several months travelling the lesser-known corners of Australia and New Zealand. While there, she assisted on several wildlife conservation programs, including those studying crested terns, barking owls, powerful owls, and southern hairy-nosed wombats. After returning home, she accepted a half-time position as a Species at Risk biologist with the Alberta Environment and Parks, where she still is today. During the other half of her time, Cindy owns Bird on a Wire Environmental Services, Inc., providing client support to electric utilities and other power line operators to reduce avian-caused power outages and associated mortality on power lines (primarily from electrocution, collision, and nesting). While wearing these two hats, she also accumulated 14 years’ experience working part time as a raptor rehabilitator in Edmonton. Cindy has been a professional biologist in good standing with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologist since 2008 and has been involved with the Raptor Research Foundation since 2005. She has attended several RRF conferences, and more recently has joined RRF’s Code of Conduct Committee.
Cindy is extremely passionate about raptors and understands how much can be achieved with the passion and time investment of many dedicated individuals working together for a common goal. She interested in joining the RRF executive board to contribute her time and skills to further raptor conservation initiatives, while broadening her own professional development. Cindy brings with her an extreme passion for raptors, a wide breadth of experience, an eagerness to learn, and enthusiasm to work with raptorphiles!
At Large Director
Travis Booms has been an active member of RRF since 1998 and is currently a non-game biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He presently serves as a Director on the RRF Board, a member of the RRF Scientific Program Committee, and is an executive committee member for the Alaska Raptor Group. Travis wants to continue as an RRF Director because he sees an increasing need to further involve early career scientist in our organization. RRF contains numerous long-standing raptor biologists; Travis wants to ensure there are new, upcoming, and energized biologists in RRF and to focus on recruiting new, active members into RRF.
At Large Director
Lisa Takats Priestley:
Lisa has been involved in raptor research and monitoring for over 20 years. Lisa completed a technical diploma in biological sciences at NAIT, a Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta, and a Master’s thesis on the ecology of Barred Owls in the foothills of Alberta. She became a member of RRF in 1995 and has attended and presented at many conferences since that time. Lisa worked with Alberta Environment and Parks, Bird Studies Canada, and Beaverhill Bird Observatory and took the lead in developing Guide
lines for Nocturnal Owl Monitoring in North America. Lisa also helped develop a national volunteer nocturnal owl survey for Canada. She assisted with the North American Raptor Monitoring Strategy and ran a course at the University for students to write strategies for nocturnal owl monitoring. Lisa was Executive Director of Beaverhill Bird Observatory for 10 years coordinated bird banding operations, the Alberta Raptor Nest Card Program, and with her husband Chuck initiated the first Saw-whet Owl fall banding in Alberta. She also assisted other organizations to start Saw-whet Owl programs and continues to liaise with volunteers on band encounters (results published in the Journal of Raptor Research). Lisa has assisted in reviewing papers for the journal. She and her husband incorporated STRIX Ecological Consulting in 2005 and both work full time (with eight staff) on various monitoring, inventory and assessment studies on birds, mammals, bats, and amphibians. Raptor projects include long-term nocturnal owl monitoring, owl and kestrel nest box monitoring, fall Saw-whet Owl monitoring, wind farms, and overwintering, migrating, and nesting raptor banding. Lisa has volunteered on projects banding Peregrine Falcons in Rankin Inlet and Edmonton, Loggerhead Shrikes in Georgia, and Long-eared Owls for the Owl Research Institute in Montana. Lisa sits on the Short-eared Owl Working Group and participated in three RRF symposiums. She has volunteered on many different boards and as an RRF director would have particular interest in connecting students with professionals and collaborating on North America-wide raptor conservation initiatives.
At Large Director
Rich Van Buskirk:
I received my Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California, Davis with dissertation work on the conservation genetics and landscape ecology of a threatened Oregon butterfly. As a postdoc, I worked on the evolution of olfactory foraging in Procellariform seabirds in the southern oceans. As an Associate Professor in Environmental Science at Pacific University, my research since 2009 has been focused on raptors, with work on the conservation and population biology of American Kestrels that examines habitat preferences, territory size and breeding success. This work has expanded to include interactions and competition with Red-tailed Hawks. Working with these regionally abundant species not only provides insight into favorable local conditions for species such as the kestrel that are in decline elsewhere, but also serves as a powerful introduction to raptor ecology for undergraduates new to wildlife research. In addition to my research, I volunteer for several regional organizations and am currently serving as President of the nonprofit raptor research and conservation organization Coastal Raptors, section chair for the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Chair for the Tualatin River Watershed Council, a watershed-focused conservation organization. I have been a member of RRF since 2010 and have enjoyed giving papers and collaborating with my fellow raptor ecologists as a result of connections established through the organization.
At-Large Outside North America
I have worked with raptors for all of my life and been a member of RRF for longer than I care to remember, regularly attending (and presenting at) the annual RRF conferences. I am the Director of the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) in Gloucestershire, England. ICBP leads the world in the number of raptor species bred in captivity and we share that knowledge worldwide, to assist in any good, viable conservation breeding programs that need our help. I am currently one of the leaders on the captive breeding initiative to save the three species of Gyps vultures in India and Nepal and have co-authored several papers on the vulture crisis in the Indian subcontinent. I have lectured and taught on university courses and teach on a daily basis to the visitors that come to ICBP throughout the year. In addition, I have run specialist training courses for police wildlife crime officers, CITES teams and RSPB investigations staff, as well as basic and advanced courses for falconers. I have written the husbandry guidelines for raptors in captivity, and these are used in many good zoos around the world. I have also published several books on falconry and captive breeding. I feel that RRF is, without doubt, the best and only serious membership group in the raptor field. I have previously served four terms as an RRF Director and would be delighted to get involved again.