The Full Cycle Phenology Project brings together a group of diverse and uniquely qualified collaborators from Boise State University, the American Kestrel Partnership, HawkWatch International, St. Mary’s University, Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Colorado State University.  This project will combine cutting edge genetic techniques and a large-scale collaboration of professional and citizen scientists across the western hemisphere to find out more about migratory connectivity, population change, and the impacts of climate change on the American Kestrel and other migratory birds.


Boise State University

Dr. Julie Heath, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Anjolene Hunt, Research Project Manager, Department of Biological Sciences

Jason Winiarski, Former PhD student (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior), Department of Biological Sciences

Kathleen Callery, Raptor Biology Alumni, Department of Biological Sciences

Sadie Ranck, Raptor Biology Alumni, Department of Biological Sciences

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Breanna Powers, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences
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Stephanie Galla, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences

Michaela Brinkmeyer, Raptor Biology Alumni, Department of Biological Sciences


Dr. Nancy Glenn, Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Alejandro Flores, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Matthew Kohn, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Geosciences

American Kestrel Partnership

Dr. Christopher McClure, Director of Global Conservation Science, The Peregrine Fund

Dr. Sarah Schulwitz, Director of the American Kestrel Partnership, The Peregrine Fund

Hawkwatch International

Dr. Dave Oleyar, Senior Scientist
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Jesse Watson, Research Biologist

Neil Paprocki, Conservation Biologist

Colorado State University

Dr. Kristen Ruegg, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology


Jasmine Rajbhandary, Collections Coordinator

Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Dr. Richard Fischer, Research Wildlife Biologist

St. Mary’s University

Dr. Benjamin Pauli, Assistant Professor


Dr. Clint Boal, Texas Tech University
Dr. Russell Dawson, University of Northern British Columbia 
Dr. Karl Miller, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Dr. Jill Morrow and Lance Morrow 

Dr. Joel Pagel and Scott Thomas
Ted Swem, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dr. Jean-François Therrien, Hawk Mountain Sancturary
Dr. Rich Van Buskirk, Pacific University
Dr. Travis Booms, Alaska Dept of Fish and Game 

We partner with an amazing network of professional and citizen scientists from across the western hemisphere.  See how you can Get Involved!

 Feather Contributors

Abbe Richardson,  Allan Marshall, Alex Paiement, Alexandra Pesano, Andrew Vitz, Anthony Hill, Art Gingert, Austin Lester, Bill Clark, Bill Iko, Bill Pitts, Bill Ralph, Brad Tripp, Braddock Bay Raptor Research, Bryce Robinson, Cape May Raptor Banding Project, Catherine Lindell, Clint Boal, David Merker, Don McCartney, Douglas A. Bell, Dugway Proving Ground, Ed Pike, Erica Craig, Erica Miller, Fort Bragg, Gary Fowler, Gary Santolo, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Hawk Cliff, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, HawkWatch International, Intermountain Bird Observatory, Jacque Williamson, Janet Eschenbauch, Janet Ng, Jared Clarke, Jean-Francois Therrien, Jeff Kolodzkinski, Jeff Smith, Jennifer Coulsen, Jennifer Presler, Jerry Toll, Jill Morrow, Jim Anderson, Jim Bednarz, Jim Klucsarits, Jim Watson, Joe Tomcho, Joel Pagel, John Smallwood, Jordan Terrell, Josh Hull,  Karl Miller, Kate Fleming, Keeping Company With Kestrels, Kelsey Biles, Ken Hashagen, Kenneth Jacobson, Knox Martin, Krysta Rogers, Kurt Licence, Kyle McCarty, Lance Morrow, Libby Mojica, Lisbeth A. Harris, Lucky Peak Lake, Intermountain Bird Observatory, Mark Conway, Mark Hopey, Matthew Stuber, Mathieu Tetreault, Mitchell Warne, Mike Blom, Nick Kerlin, Patricia Latas, Paul Juergens, Paulette Epple, Rich Van Buskirk, Rick Onskie, Rob Miller, Robert G. Thobaben Jr., Ross Crandall, Russ Dawson, Ruth Stephens, Samantha Matchefts, Sarah Schulwitz, Scott Kimball, Scott Thomas, Sebastian Lousada, Selena Creed,  Steve Wheeler, Sue Robertson, TC Walker, Ted Swem, Thomas May, Tim Craig, Tim Kita, Todd Katzner, Tom Hudson, Tom Sayers, Travis Booms, Walter Sakai, Yakima Training Center,  Zach Smith


The Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program

Crowd-sourced funding

This research would not be possible without the generous donations that got our project started! THANK YOU for donating to make this project a reality. See the full list of GoFundMe donors here

Boise State University’s Raptor Research Center

Feature photo by Anjolene Hunt