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Executive Director: Greg Kaltenecker, M.S.

Greg and daughter Ayla with a Sharp-shinned Hawk 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 Intermountain Bird Observatory in 1993 with his major professor, Dr. Marc Bechard. IBO 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: Office Phone: 208-426-4354

Research Director: Jay Carlisle, Ph.D.

Jay Carlisle holding birds

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 Intermountain 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 numerous 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.


Research Biologist: Jessica Pollock, M.S.

Jessica grew up along coastal British Columbia and since 2002 has worked on various field projects throughout Canada and the U.S., including breeding songbirds across the boreal forest, isolated mountain top raptor migration in remote northern British Columbia, Burrowing Owls in Wyoming, wintering seabirds along the BC coast, nesting Marbled Murrelets in old growth rain forests on Vancouver Island, southwestern willow flycatchers in the Sonoran Desert, accipiters in Colorado and the Black Hills, and Mountain Plovers in the high plains deserts. She attained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria and spent five years volunteering with the Rocky Point Bird Observatory and was a member of the advisory board. She first came to Idaho to attend graduate school at the University of Idaho, focusing her M.S. research on cavity-nesting birds. After graduating, she completed several years of professional consulting before returning to her “roots”, working for a bird observatory, and has been with IBO since 2011.

Jessica pioneered IBO’s hummingbird banding program in 2011 (bringing with her a background of hummingbird banding since 2003 in British Columbia). She is an active member of the budding sub-committee for hummingbird banding with the NABC (North American Banding Council). She’s been involved with several of IBO’s research and monitoring efforts of various “at risk” species in Idaho: Burrowing Owls, Golden Eagles, Long-billed Curlews, and White-headed, Pileated, and Black-backed Woodpeckers, and co-manages the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program across Idaho and Utah. From the smallest hummingbird, through songbirds, and up to large raptors, Jessica enjoys participating in research-based banding of all species. She teaches professional training workshops on songbird and raptor trapping/banding techniques, and is certified by the NABC as a songbird and raptor trainer.

In the winter, she can usually be found Nordic skiing or winter camping in the wilds of central Idaho. In summer, she likes to dig around in her vegetable garden with her family attempting to become an urban homesteader.


Statistician and Research Biologist: Rob Miller, M.S.

Rob Miller

Rob grew up in Florence, Oregon on the Oregon coast, graduated from Willamette University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics in 1988 and has since lived in Idaho for 26 years. Rob worked at Hewlett-Packard Co. for 21 years before quitting to pursue an “encore career” in Biology. He graduated with a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from Boise State University in May 2010 and a MS in Raptor Biology with a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Analysis in May 2013. Rob’s thesis was on the breeding ecology of the Northern Goshawk. This work follows up on research that Greg, the IBO Director, conducted over 10 years ago in the South Hills of southern Idaho.

Rob began volunteering with IBO as a songbird bander and hawkwatcher in 2009. In 2010, he began raptor trapping and banding on Lucky and Boise Peaks, and has continued each fall. During the breeding season Rob keeps busy studying the Northern Goshawk among other IBO projects. He has completed IBO projects focused on Flammulated Owls, Great Gray Owls, woodpeckers (all ten species in Idaho), and Black Swifts. He has also studied raptor migration in Tarifa, Spain as part of an ongoing IBO exchange program with Fundación Migres.

Rob uses his analytical skills to help IBO with data management, data analysis, GIS analysis, and project design. He mentors other students and members of the IBO volunteer community on these topics as well.


Education and Outreach Director: Heidi Ware Carlisle, M.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 Photo by Rob Millerwhen 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 and master’s degrees at Boise State. Heidi graduated from Boise State University in 2014 with a M.S. degree in Biology, where she studied the impacts of traffic noise on migrating songbirds.

As Education and Outreach Director, Heidi coordinates fundraising and outreach for various projects, IBO’s social media and website, and creates and shares curriculum for school programs and field trips. Heidi focuses on using IBO’s strengths in hands-on science and community involvement to integrate K-12 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education with avian research.

Email: Office Phone: 208-426-2223

Research Biologist: Christian Meny, M.S.

Christian is the Program Manager of the second largest, most expansive bird monitoring program in Big Sky Country: Christian Menythe Montana Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions program (MT IMBCR).  Formerly run by the University of Montana Avian Science Center, IBO inherited the MT IMBCR program in 2015. Some of his favorite aspects of the job include contributing to a data set that is intended to protect birds and their habitats, teaching backcountry bird ID and observational skills to eager technicians, providing annual outreach and education for hundreds of private landowners across the state regarding avian biology, and ultimately working to strengthen a community of conservationists in Montana and beyond.


Research Biologist and Outreach Coordinator: Heather Hayes, B.S.

Growing up near the Great Lakes in Northeast Ohio, Heather could always be found enjoying anything and everything to do with the outdoors. While attending Kent State University in Ohio, she assisted on multiple projects including moose research in Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, and S.I.T.E. (Special Interest, Threatened and Endangered) species in Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Conservation Biology in 1999, she began working as a field biologist and an environmental consultant. However, it was through volunteering for the Audubon Society where she began to cultivate her love of educating the public about birds through programming with educational raptors.

After a cross-country trip to the Idaho mountains-it was love at first sight! Heather relocated to Boise in 2014, spending her first weekend in Idaho on Lucky Peak, and began actively volunteering with several of IBO’s avian research and monitoring efforts. She now works on the Long-Billed Curlew Satellite Tracking program as well as IBO’s Hummingbird Monitoring Program.

Heather is also extremely passionate about her role as outreach coordinator, developing K-12 STEM curriculum and conducting “Curlews in the Classroom” programming. She loves the ability to integrate her fieldwork with education, bringing a unique perspective into the classroom. Her outreach efforts also extend to IBO’s banding research stations, where she is the visitor coordinator for the public.

Whether it’s in the classroom, the forest, or on the river, you will find her continuing to “feed her need” to engage and educate students, teachers and families about avian biology and conservation through hands-on science.


Research Biologist: Jeremy Halka, B.S.

Jeremy grew up in Michigan and was originally an art student in Detroit with the hopes of becoming a painter. After his first year, he decided he would rather pursue a career in the environmental field as well as relocate to a more natural setting, so he moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to attend Northern Michigan University. It was here that he discovered his love for birds while taking a field ornithology course, and since then he has strived to live a “life of bird.” After graduating in 2012, he decided he wanted to experience the American West, so he accepted a technician position in Wyoming and went on to spend about five years hopping from job to job across the West.

After working as a technician on the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program for four seasons (two with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, two with IBO), Jeremy accepted a full time position with IBO to co-manage its increasingly large role in the program in Idaho and Utah. He is ecstatic to be contributing more to this project that he has come to know very well. Aside from birding, Jeremy also enjoys cross-country skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and mountain biking and skateboarding in the summer.

Email: Office Phone: 208-426-2225

Research Biologist: Tempe Regan, M.S.

Tempe grew up in rural western Montana where it was common to see deer, elk, bear, mountain lions, and other wildlife on her way to school and even in her yard. At an early age she developed a deep love for and desire to be a good steward of the natural environment.

Tempe working on Fundacion Migres Black Kite monitoring projectTempe received her Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana in 2010. In 2016 she completed her Masters of Raptor Biology at Boise State University where she studied occupancy, behavior and roadway mortality of Barn Owls. Tempe has always loved IBO and spent many hours volunteering as a graduate student, joking and dreaming about working for IBO someday. Dreams do come true! Tempe co-manages IBO’s Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program across Idaho and Utah. She also leads a monitoring program for the recently listed (Threatened) Yellow-billed Cuckoo and dabbles in IBO’s Long-Billed Curlew, Woodpecker, and Raptor Migration monitoring (both in Idaho and in Spain) projects.

In her free time, Tempe is a fitness fanatic, and enjoys the outdoors through trail running, hunting, fishing, and hiking. She enjoys using her artistic side preparing avian education specimens for IBO and is attempting to “make it” as a self-made artist.