Bio for Jay Carlisle
Research Director, Idaho Bird Observatory
Jay Carlisle 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 Idaho Bird Observatory (IBO) for 12 years and, though he came to IBO as a raptor geek, he spent one year as a hawk counter before helping to establish IBO's long-term studies of songbird and small forest owl migration in southwestern Idaho. After completing his graduate work on stopover ecology of songbirds, Jay returned to Idaho to continue working with IBO as the Research Director.
In his free time, Jay enjoys birding, futbol (aka soccer), hiking, biking, and many other outdoor activities, trying to speak Spanish, and international travel.
Bio for Vicky Runnoe
Conservation Education Supervisor, Idaho Department Of Fish And Game
Vicky Runnoe is the Conservation Education Supervisor with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. She grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin where she spent many hours exploring neighborhood woods and fields. Birds captured her interest when she was in high school, and she has been an avid birdwatcher ever since.
It was bird watching that led her into a career in environmental education. During college, Vicky began volunteering at Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London, Wisconsin and discovered that she loved helping people, especially kids learn about nature. She graduated from Lawrence University with a bachelor's degree in biology and did some graduate coursework in resource ecology at Duke University. Her career in environmental education has allowed her to work in Canada, with Oklahoma State Parks, the National Park Service in Montana, and Idaho Fish and Game in both Salmon and Boise.
Vicky has a daughter and a son, three border collies and a very large, black horse. Dogs, kids and mom enjoy hiking together while the horse carefully carries kids on easy rides and mom into Idaho's backcountry.