Present Position: Owner/Principle Northwest Avian Resources
Welcome our new officers and board members for 2017!
Laura Tesler – President Elect
Wendy Wente – Vice-president Elect
Summer Peterman – Treasurer
To get the details on all board members visit our Officers and Board page!
Education: B.S., Environmental Biology, Plymouth State University
Present Position: Non-lead Hunting Education Coordinator, Oregon Zoo 2015-present
Past Experience: Predator Biologist- San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program, Institute for Wildlife Studies 2007-2010; Program Manager- Feral Pig Removal, Institute for Wildlife Studies 2010-2012; Non-lead Outreach Coordinator- Institute for Wildlife Studies 2010-2012; Wildlife Management Technician- Hawaii Natural Area Reserve System 2012-2015.
TWS Involvement: Assisted in hosting first non-lead ammunition demonstration in July 2015, set up and hosted Non-lead Ammunition Workshop November 2015, presentations at 2016 OR TWS conference.
Interests: I grew up running around the woods and mountains of northern NH. My interests personally and professionally still reflect that history. Professionally, I am interested in maintaining healthy, intact ecosystems and wildlife populations. This includes addressing human dimensions of conservation, including sustainable use, environmental contamination, and invasive species management. We are in a crucial time to develop sustainable funding sources for wildlife conservation that requires engaging diverse stakeholders. I spend my free time hiking, climbing, hunting, camping, and generally trying to get lost in the woods with my dogs and wife.
Education: B.S. at Iowa State University (1976) – Fisheries and Wildlife Biology; M.S. Michigan State University (1979) – Thesis on Mallard Breeding Ecology; Ph.D. Colorado State University (1984) – Dissertation on Ecology of Bobcats in Colorado
Present Position: Wildlife Research Supervisor – West Region Research – ODFW. Primary responsibilities include conducting management related research on wildlife species of concern to ODFW and leading a team of wildlife researchers to accomplish project goals. Current Research projects include Black-tailed deer ecology in western Oregon, utilization of fecal DNA to obtain population estimates for black-tailed deer, mortality characteristics of black bear in Oregon (manuscript preparation), migration & habitat use of mule deer in south-central Oregon (data analysis), survival and movement of Cascades black-tailed deer – OSU cooperative, survival and movement of south-central mule deer – OSU cooperative, and Black-tailed Deer: Estimates of Abundance, Distribution, Habitat Selection and Forest Impacts – OSU Cooperative
Former Positions: Contract Biologist – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (1983-84); Forest Wildlife Research Biologist – Iowa Department of Natural Resources (1984-94); Wildlife Projects Leader – ODFW 1994 -96. Worked on numerous species, including Coyotes, Mallards, Mourning Doves, bobcats, eastern white-tailed deer, wild turkey, Ruffed Grouse, beaver, cougar, black bear, elk , Columbian white-tailed deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer.
TWS: Member for over thirty years
Interests: Professional Defining impacts of predation on ungulate population dynamics and developing wildlife management practices based on data from appropriate spatial and temporal scales.