Fifty Years of Studying Golden Eagles in Southwestern Idaho:
What Have We Learned?
By Mike Kochert
August 1, 2019
Join us for our August Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Mike Kochert, an emeritus scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, shares major findings of the long-term work on a golden eagle nesting population in southwestern Idaho. The talks in this series are free, and take place in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium the first Thursday of the month.
In his presentation, Kochert discusses overall golden eagle biology, eagle-prey-habitat relationships, and responses of the nesting eagles to massive habitat and environmental changes that have occurred in the area during the last half century. He also explains the significance of the Morely Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in southwestern Idaho, where he has worked for nearly fifty years. Kochert shares memorable experiences from throughout his career.
About our speaker
Mike Kochert is an emeritus scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Boise, Idaho, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University. He has been studying various facets of raptor ecology for the past 49 years, specifically in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). He received a BS in Wildlife Management from Purdue University in 1969, and a MS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Idaho in 1972 where he studied nesting ecology and chemical contamination of golden eagles in southwestern Idaho. The Bureau of Land Management hired Kochert in 1972 as the first biologist for what is now the NCA. This enabled him to continue his work on the golden eagles in southwestern Idaho, which is on-going to the present day. Over the years, Kochert has worked for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Biological Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey, focusing on the raptors in the NCA.
Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
Join us the first Thursday of each month February through December for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions
- September 5: Jeremy Johnston with Theodore Roosevelt, the Unscrupulous Concessioner, and the Insane Adversary
- October 3: Doug Smith with Wolf Populations in Yellowstone National Park
- November 7: Jarren Kuipers with The Effects of Russian Olive Removal on Small Mammals
- December 5: Tony Mong with To There and Back Again: The Annual Movement of Ungulates in the Eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem