Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Scientific name definitions

Todd E. Katzner, Michael N. Kochert, Karen Steenhof, Carol L. McIntyre, Erica H. Craig, and Tricia A. Miller
Version: 2.0 — Published September 17, 2020

About the Author(s)

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About the Author(s)

Todd Katzner is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Snake River Field Station of the U.S. Geological Survey in Boise, Idaho. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of ecology and conservation biology, with a particular focus on birds of prey, especially eagles. His recent work focuses on understanding and mitigating threats from renewable energy to soaring birds throughout North America and on wildlife exposure to environmental toxins. Katzner was a co-founder of the wildlife telemetry company Cellular Tracking Technologies, LLC, and he is a co-editor and author of the book “The Eagle Watchers.” He received his B.A. from Oberlin College, his M.S. from the University of Wyoming for research on the pygmy rabbit, and Ph.D. from Arizona State University for work focused on ecology and conservation of eagles in the Republic of Kazakhstan. E-mail: tkatzner@usgs.gov

Mike Kochert is a Scientist Emeritus with the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey in Boise, Idaho. Since 1972 he has had similar positions with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Snake River Birds of Prey Research Project and with the National Biological Service's Raptor Research and Technical Assistance Center. He has studied numerous raptor species in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, including Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and Swainson's Hawk. His work on the Golden Eagle in the southwestern Idaho spans 50 years. Mike received a B.S. in wildlife biology from Purdue University and an M.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Idaho. His thesis topic was "Population Status and Chemical Contamination of Golden Eagles in southwestern Idaho." E-mail: mkochert@usgs,gov.

Karen Steenhof is a retired Research Wildlife Biologist. She received her B.S. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and her M.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Missouri. She began working with the Bureau of Land Management's Snake River Birds of Prey Research Project in 1977. This unit became the National Biological Service's Raptor Research and Technical Assistance Center, and later the Snake River Field Station, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, in Boise, Idaho. As a member of this group, Karen has been involved with several studies of cliff-nesting raptors, particularly Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and Ferruginous Hawk in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Karen also has conducted research on Bald Eagle and American Kestrel. E-mail: karensteenhof@gmail.com.

Carol McIntyre is a Wildlife Biologist with Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. She has studied the ecology of raptors and other birds since 1980 and the ecology of the Golden Eagle in Alaska since 1985. She received her B.S. in environmental studies from East Stroudsburg University, her M.S. in wildlife management from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and her Ph.D. in wildlife science from Oregon State University for her studies of the Golden Eagle in Denali National Park and Preserve. E-mail: Carol_McIntyre@nps.gov.

Erica Craig is a Wildlife Biologist and co-owner of Aquila Environmental, a consulting business based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. She has more than 40 years of experience as a biologist and has a particular interest in raptors in the western United States and Alaska. She and her husband, Tim, have studied Golden Eagles for several decades, with emphasis on factors that influence wintering eagle distribution and movement patterns and exposure to environmental contaminants. Her current focus is on Golden Eagle winter ecology, conservation and management issues associated with risks to eagles from energy development and other anthropogenic influences, and American Kestrel biology in the Arctic. She received a M.S. in zoology from Idaho State University. E-mail: goea.rs@gmail.com.

Tricia Miller is a Senior Research Wildlife Biologist and Executive Director of Conservation Science Global, a non-profit based in West Cape May, New Jersey and adjunct faculty at West Virginia University. Trish has worked as a biologist at various organizations for over 20 years. She completed her Ph.D. research on the movement ecology of Golden Eagles in eastern North America and is a member of the Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group. Her research focuses on movement ecology, habitat selection, and conservation and management of raptors addressing conflicts between raptors and human development. She received her B.S. in biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University. E-mail: trish.miller@consciglobal.org.

Recommended Citation

Katzner, T. E., M. N. Kochert, K. Steenhof, C. L. McIntyre, E. H. Craig, and T. A. Miller (2020). Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.goleag.02