Executive Director: Greg Kaltenecker, M.S.
Greg Kaltenecker received his BS in Biology in 1989 and his MS in Raptor Biology in 1997, both from Boise State University. He co-founded the Idaho Bird Observatory in 1993 with his major professor, Dr. Marc Bechard. The Idaho Bird Observatory was created when Kaltenecker and colleagues discovered that the Boise Ridge is a significant raptor migration concentration point. They decided that a long-term study of bird migration was in order, and created a unique research program intimately connected to Boise State University to accomplish this goal.
One of Greg’s objectives was to provide an exciting and real-life research and training opportunity for Boise State students while conducting long-term research and community outreach. Greg’s research passion is bird migration, and his lifelong pursuit is to educate the public about birds, science, and conservation. He believes that a strong public community presence is critical to being an effective scientist and the easiest way to accomplish conservation is through active public engagement. The most rewarding part of his life is sharing his passion with the local public, and introducing children to birds, nature, and the outdoors. In his spare time, Greg can be found enjoying the public lands of Idaho while fishing, hunting, and hiking. His thoughts and efforts focus on his family including wife Deniz and two daughters Ayla and Alara. He daydreams often of his favorite outdoor pursuit: saltwater fly fishing, and Greg and family vacation to the salt as much as possible to chase this passion.
Email: GregoryKaltenecker@boisestate.edu Office Phone: 208-426-4354
Research Director: Jay Carlisle, Ph.D.
Jay Carlisle is the Research Director of IBO and Research Assistant Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State. Jay received his B.S. in Ecology from The Evergreen State College in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Dakota in 2005. He has worked with the Idaho Bird Observatory since 1996 and, though he came to IBO primarily as a raptor enthusiast, his interests soon turned to all birds. Thus, he spent one year as a hawk counter before helping establish IBO’s long-term studies of songbird and small forest owl migration in southwestern Idaho. After completing his doctoral research on the stopover ecology of songbirds, Jay returned to Idaho to continue working with IBO as the Research Director. Since 2005, he has led the growth of IBO’s research and monitoring efforts to include studies of stopover ecology at Camas National Wildlife Refuge; various “at risk” species such as Burrowing and Flammulated Owls, Golden Eagle, Long-billed Curlew, Northern Goshawk, White-faced Ibis, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo; and‘all-bird’ point-count surveys across most of Idaho.
Jay’s research interests are focused on the stopover ecology, habitat needs, and conservation of migratory landbirds in the West and in Latin America. He has authored and co-authored over 15 peer-reviewed publications, many of which focus on migration and stopover issues, as well as numerous technical reports. He also dreams of establishing a year-round research program that would include migration and wintering studies in Latin America. Equally important, Jay really enjoys the outreach aspects of IBO’s many programs and hopes that IBO can be instrumental in instilling a conservation ethic in and around the communities in which we work. In 2010, Jay and several colleagues at Idaho Department of Fish and Game began working to form the Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership (IBCP), an effort designed to contribute to the management, science delivery, outreach, and conservation of birds and their habitats in Idaho via enhanced collaboration and communication. Jay is now excited to be serving as the part-time coordinator for the IBCP. In his free time, Jay enjoys birding, soccer, hiking, biking, trying to speak Spanish, and international travel.
Email: JayCarlisle@boisestate.edu Office Phone: 208-426-5203
Research Biologist: Jessica Pollock, M.S.
Jessica grew up along coastal British Columbia and over the past 10 years has worked on various field projects throughout Canada and the US including surveying for breeding songbirds in the boreal forest, forest and sage/grassland breeding raptors across the west, isolated mountain top raptor migration in northern British Columbia, Burrowing Owls in Wyoming and Idaho, waterbirds and wintering seabirds along the BC coast, nesting Marbled Murrelets in old growth rainforests on Vancouver Island, southwestern willow flycatchers in the Sonoran Desert, and Mountain Plover in the high plains deserts. She attained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from BC and spent five years volunteering with the Rocky Point Bird Observatory. She first came to Idaho in 2007 to attend graduate school at the University of Idaho, focusing her M.S. research on cavity-nesting birds and the impacts of cavity temperature on occupancy and reproduction. After several years in the consulting field, she’s returned to her “roots” working for a bird observatory and has been with IBO since early 2011. Jessica pioneered IBO’s hummingbird banding program. She can usually be found out on the ski slopes or digging around in her vegetable garden with her husband Mark attempting to become an urban homesteader.
Email: JessicaPollock@boisestate.edu Office Phone: 208-426-2225
Outreach Specialist: Heidi Ware, B.S.
Heidi is a 5th generation Idahoan who has lived in Boise her entire life. While she has liked birds for pretty much as long as she can remember, she really got “hooked” in 2008 when she visited Lucky Peak for the first time. Ever since then, Heidi has been an IBO addict: conducting breeding season bird surveys for IBO all over the state, and banding at Lucky Peak every fall while working on her Bachelor’s Degree. Heidi graduated from Boise State University in May 2011 with a B.S. degree in Biology, and is now excited to continue her education working on her master’s thesis at Boise State, where she is currently studying the impacts of anthropogenic noise on migrating songbirds.
Heidi coordinates various IBO outreach activities including our Facebook page and website, fundraising and school outreach for our Curlew satellite tracking project, and curriculum for school programs and field trips. She is also a seasonal staff member and works on several of our research projects including songbird and raptor point counts throughout Idaho, the Long-billed Curlew project, songbird and raptor banding at Lucky Peak, and the hummingbird banding project. After finishing her Master’s thesis, Heidi plans to continue her career with IBO full-time, focusing on the integration of K-12 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education with research. Heidi is also on the board of directors for the Golden Eagle Audubon Society.