Shortly after graduating, recent SEFS alumnus Avery Meeker (’15, B.S.) spent the late summer and fall volunteering with the Raptor View Research Institute (RVRI), a nonprofit research and education organization based in Missoula, Mont.
RVRI monitors raptor migration trends by collecting data from hawk counts and raptor banding, and Meeker was helping with fall migration studies along the Rocky Mountain Front in Lincoln, Montana. The goal of this research, he says, is to create long-term studies to better understand anthropogenic impacts on migrating raptors.
In his time there, he got to work closely with a variety of raptors, from hawks to golden eagles, and he shared a few amazing photos with us. With the migration monitoring over at the end of October, though, he’s already moved onto the next gig—volunteering at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., conducting behavioral studies on ruffs (a seabird).
Great stuff, and thanks for staying in touch!
Photos © courtesy of Avery Meeker and RVRI