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Trish Miller has a long standing interest in bird conservation and spatial ecology. She received her B.S. in biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, her M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University

During her career she has worked for several state and private conservation organizations where she studied eagles and other birds. Trish currently works as a Wildlife Biologist at West Virginia University where she studies movement ecology and conservation of eagles with a focus on the small population of eastern North American golden eagles. Her research integrates telemetry and spatial modeling to address the conflicts of eagles with human development.

Members of the Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group, an international collaborative of managers and researchers, have been tracking Golden Eagles in eastern North America since 2006. Trish will present information that the group has learned about the ecology, behavior, and conservation of this enigmatic bird.

Mike started birding when he was 8, and since then has traveled the world to watch, listen, study and photograph birds. In his professional career he has worked as a field ornithologist for various state, federal, and private organizations across the United States and Mexico. Recently he was the Assistant Coordinator for the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas and the Biotechnology and Biomonitoring Lab Supervisor stationed at Powdermill, the biological research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In the spring of 2011 he was awarded the Conservation Award from the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology for the work done on eastern Golden Eagles.

Currently, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Tracking Technologies in Somerset, PA. He is still actively involved in research, his major foci include Golden Eagle flight behavior and telemetry and nocturnal monitoring of birds using flight calls. A lot of his work recently has focused on advances in the application of bioacoustics to the monitoring of geographically remote breeding populations of songbirds in North America and, hopefully, around the world. Mike’s other hobbies include butterflies dragonflies and damselflies, photography, wine making and gardening.

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