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Boise State Students Study Raptors in Kenya

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 11:14 am / January 27, 2017

A fish eagle grabs a fish from a lake.

An African fish eagle grabs a fish from Lake Naivasha. John Kelly photo.


Boise State raptor biology professor Marc Bechard teamed with Munir Virani, director of Africa programs for the Peregrine Fund, to take 11 Boise State students to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Wildlife Reserve as part of a 3-credit course titled East African Raptors.

This is the fifth time Bechard has taught the class. “I feel that it is important for Boise State students to learn about global issues,” he said.

The course focuses on the ecology and movements of African raptors, including a vulture population that is one of the most threatened on the planet. Populations of the birds have declined as much as 75 percent over the last two decades due to poisoning by local farmers and poachers.

Read more about the Kenya project here.