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Oregon IBA Technical Advisory Committee

Members of the Technical Advisory Committee volunteered and/or were encouraged by their peers to participate in the review of nominated IBAs and to assist in technical aspects of the IBA effort.

Paul Adamus was the coordinator of the Oregon Breeding Bird Atlas Project, and before that, was compiler of Maine's Breeding Bird Atlas. While coordinating the Oregon BBA, he surveyed birds in 111 of the state's 430 atlas units. A birder since his early teens in New Jersey, Dr. Adamus also is known nationally for many professional publications on wetland assessment. For 10 years he was a research scientist at the USEPA Environmental Research Laboratory in Corvallis, joining the research faculty at Oregon State University (Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife) in 1998. Currently he has a Courtesy Faculty appointment in the College of Oceanographic and Atmospheric Studies, while spending most of his time as a consultant to government agencies on biodiversity and wetland issues. In the 1970s, while working for a research institute affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, he published one of the first scientific journal articles to propose criteria for using species as a basis to identify critical natural areas.

John Alexander is Executive Director of the Klamath Bird Observatory, and has spent the past ten years helping to develop an extensive bird monitoring network in the Klamath/Siskiyou Province of northern California and southern Oregon. As a U.S. Forest Service Biologist and Research Associate at Southern Oregon University, Mr. Alexander was involved in developing objectives, raising funds and implementing various long-term bird monitoring projects to study bird population demographics and habitat relationships. While focusing on integrating bird conservation with ecosystem management Alexander has worked to develop partnerships with federal and state agencies, non-government and private organizations, and individuals and land owners. He has worked with California and Oregon/Washington Partners In Flight involved with developing bird monitoring objectives and bird conservation plans for the Klamath/Siskiyou Province. He holds a B.S. from the Evergreen State College and a M.S. from Southern Oregon University.

Bob Altman is a wildlife biologist/ornithologist employed by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) as Coordinator for the Northern Pacific Rainforest Bird Conservation Region. In this capacity he works with numerous partners to facilitate and coordinate a broad range of bird conservation activities from northwestern California to south coastal Alaska. His responsibilities range from providing technical expertise to leading major conservation initiatives. Bob has been actively involved in international Partners in Flight Initiative for 10 years including serving as chairperson of the Oregon-Washington chapter where he authored five landbird conservation plans for Oregon and Washington. Prior to his employment with ABC, Bob worked as an independent contractor under the name of Avifauna Northwest conducting bird research and monitoring projects for numerous agency and non-governmental organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. His ornithological interests focus on avian ecology and conservation, particularly the effect of habitat changes on populations, and the development of management strategies to conserve bird populations. Bob has been principal investigator for several community and species specific research projects, has authored or co-authored a number of papers in scientific ornithological journals, and has written numerous reports on avian research and conservation.

Jenny Barnett is a wildlife biologist for the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. She has her Masters of Science from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Over the past ten years she has worked as a wildlife biologist for two national wildlife refuges and for the Bureau of Land Management. Except for two years working with waterfowl and sandhill cranes at Modoc Natonal Wildlife Refuge, most of her experience has been with sagebrush ecosystems where she has worked with grazing issues, sage grouse, and songbirds. Her publications include information about the diet and nutrition of pre-laying female sage grouse. Currently, she spends most of her time working on management plans for sage grouse and monitoring affects of feral horse use on refuge habitats.

Chris Carey holds a B.S. in wildlife science (Oregon State) and has worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in central and southeastern Oregon since 1974. His fields of interest include raptors, swans, woodpeckers, threatened and endangered species, land use management and data base management. A lifelong birder, he served as president of Central Oregon Audubon Society from 1998-2002.

Dave Helzer has served as a staff person with Audubon Society of Portland's Education Program since 1999. His primary responsibilities include leading birding tours and field classes as well as coordinating and managing a wide range of nature education programs. Prior to his education work, Dave worked as a bird biologist for Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Hawkwatch International, Oregon State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, the US Forest Service Forestry Sciences Lab and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornithology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Janet Hodder is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston, Oregon. She has conducted research on a variety of seabirds and recently wrote many of the seabird species accounts for the Birds of Oregon. She teaches courses in the Biology of Marine Birds and Mammals, Vertebrate Form and Function, and Marine Environmental Issues to undergraduates attending OIMB.

Mike Houck, Urban Naturalist for the Audubon Society of Portland, has a B.S. in Zoology from Iowa State University and a M.S.T. in Biology from Portland State University. After serving on the Society's board of directors for a number of years, in 1982 Mr. Houck assumed the position of Urban Naturalist. His focus has been urban natural resource protection, restoration, management, and interpretation. In 1989, working with a $116,000 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust, Mr. Houck launched an effort to establish a Wildlife Refuge System throughout the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. The result is the Regional Parks and Greenspaces Program at Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area. Mr. Houck serves on Metro's MTAC (Metro Technical Advisory Committee), WRPAC (Water Resources Policy Advisory Committee), Goal 5 Technical Advisory Committee, Greenspaces Technical Advisory Committee and the City of Portland's Park Board. He also served on the Governor's Willamette Basin Task Force and Willamette Livability Forum. He is chair of the Coalition for a Livable Future's Natural Resources Working Group and co-edited Wild in the City, A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas.

Gary Ivey is a Wetlands and Wildlife Consultant and has over 20 years of experience working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System; working primarily on wetland, waterfowl and waterbird management and planning in eastern Oregon and in California's Central Valley. Gary served 15 years as Wildlife Biologist at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. As a private consultant, he has surveyed breeding pairs of sandhill cranes throughout the state, wrote wetland implementation plans for the Klamath Basin and the Oregon Closed Basin for the Oregon Joint Venture, reviewed and contributed to the Intermountain West Shorebird Plan, and is currently writing a Waterbird Plan for the Intermountain West Region.

Stewart Janes holds a PhD (UCLA) and is professor of biology at Southern Oregon University where he teaches ornithology and animal behavior among other classes. He has studied bird of prey ecology, mostly buteos, for more than 25 years, and, more recently, his research has involved interspecific communication and song function in warblers.

Roy W. Lowe is the Refuge Manager for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge complex includes six refuges, two wilderness areas and one Research Natural Area along 320 miles of the Oregon coast. Roy graduated from Humboldt State University with a BS in Wildlife Management. He began a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1977 working in the Decatur, Alabama Ecological Services Field Office. In 1981, he transferred to the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) serving as the supervisory biologist. In 1985, he moved to Newport, Oregon to become the coastal refuge biologist for the Western Oregon NWRC. In 1999, he was assigned the Project Leader position for the newly established Oregon Coast NWRC. He enjoys birding, hunting, fishing, sports and most outdoor activities. More information about the refuge program is available here.

Mike Patterson is a part-time ecological consultant and former science teacher at Astoria High School. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1981 with BS degrees in Zoology and General Science and received a Master in Science in 1987. He spent two years with the Peace Corps in Malawi teaching Zoology and instituting a bird banding program for the Natural Resources College at Likuni, Malawi. He has operated bird banding stations at Fort Stevens State Park since 1989 and the Neawanna Ecological Observatory since 1999 and has conducted wildlife inventories for the North Coast Land Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy and Oregon State Parks. He is also author of a Guide to Birds and Other Wildlife on the Columbia River Estuary.

Dick VanderShaaf is a program manager who has worked for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon since 1983. His early work for the organization focused on the identification and protection of important sites on public lands across the state. These efforts included extensive work in the Oregon High Desert with emphasis on Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert. Additional effort was extended to National Forest Plans in Oregon with the identification of Research Natural Areas and botanical areas for all 13 forests. For the past six years more of Dick's work has been directed towards ecoregional-level conservation planning across the Pacific Northwest. Dick is currently leading Conservancy planning teams for the Northwest Coast and the East/West Cascades Ecoregions. Educational background: MS in Ecology, University of Oregon; Masters of Planning, Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon. Skills: experienced field botanist/ecologist, knowledgeable of Pacific Northwest. Current interests: marine ecology/ocean conservation.

Dennis Vroman developed a love of the natural world as a youngster growing up walking the shores of Lake Ontario and visiting the woodlands of northern New York State. He retired from the USDA Forest Service in 1996 after 25 years of service, primarily in silviculture with some wildlife related tasks. A licensed bird bander since 1985, he continues to operate five mist-net breeding season monitoring stations in southwest Oregon, including one started in 1989. Has served as President for the Western Bird Banding Association and Siskiyou Audubon Society; currently a board member of Oregon Field Ornithologists.

Matthew Hunter is a consulting wildlife ecologist in Corvallis, Oregon. He formerly worked as a wildlife biologist with several state and federal agencies in Oregon, primarily the U.S. Forest Service. His recent work has included research and/or monitoring of amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and birds, primarily in the western Cascades. Matt recently served as co-editor of a comprehensive new book, "Birds of Oregon: A General Reference," published in 2003 by Oregon State University Press. Matthew is currently contracted by the Audubon Society of Portland as Science Coordinator for their Important Bird Areas Program.

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