On Saturday, April 26, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Keith Bildstein, who holds the endowed position of Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, present the morning’s keynote address at the 40th Anniversary conference of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).
After his keynote, Keith sat down with NTN to describe what we’ve learned about raptor migration by studying both individuals and populations, especially through the use of satellite tracking devices. We also discuss current threats to world vulture populations, and the calamitous effects they may have.
(17:23, unedited. Recorded on iPhone)
Keith is an engaging speaker who has traveled near and far to study raptors of the world, such as Striated Caracara in Tierra del Fuego and Hooded Vulture in Africa. After his presentation, Keith was awarded the Maurice Broun Award, which honors individuals who have made outstanding, long-term, or major contributions of time and effort to HMANA or to the goals of HMANA.
Keith joined Hawk Mountain in 1992, and oversees programs in Conservation Science and works at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning where he sets priorities and conducts Sanctuary research, and coordinates research by visiting scientists and students. He is responsible for achieving goals set by the Science Advisors Committee, including leadership and mentorship in global raptor conservation. He directs the Conservation Science Traineeship Program and Hawk Mountain’s newly emerging Graduate Student Program. His current research projects include a study of Striated Caracaras, a long-term study of New World Vultures, and research on Hooded Vultures in Africa.
Keith is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, has written several books including Migrating Raptors of the World: their ecology and conservation (2006), and is a member of 21 professional organizations. When he’s not traveling, Keith can usually be found watching, studying or reading about raptors.