Meet Our Interns!

06 May 2021

HawkWatch International started our Conservation Internship Program in order to provide field experience for early career biologists, particularly experiences open to all that don’t require the ability to go months with little or no financial support.

The response we saw affirmed that there is an overwhelming interest in internship programs like these. Over 50 people from 19 states and 3 countries applied to gain hands-on experience with HWI this spring, helping study and conserve American Kestrels.

We brought three interns on-board, and they’ve been in the field for just over a month. Let us introduce them to you...


Fiona Curliss

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Hometown: Canada originally, but Salem, Oregon has been home since the age of three

Education: Biology, University of Oregon

Why She Joined the Team: "I worked in rehab at the Cascade Raptor Center and this project is a nice opportunity to marry that experience with my educational experience."


Taylor Barnes

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Hometown: Clovis, California

Education: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Nevada-Reno

Why She Joined the Team: "I'm excited to work with kestrels, learn more about raptor research, and to be a part of an organization that is working to improve the world of raptor conservation."


JJ Amaya


Hometown: Peru originally, but Utah has been home since the age of six

Education: Biology with an emphasis in Organismal and Wildlife, University of Utah

Why He Joined the Team: "This is my passion and I'm excited to be a part of a project that has the potential to conserve populations around the world."


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