Research Biologist & Banding Coordinator

Jesse Watson, MS


Jesse’s interest in raptors began as soon as he was able to hike in the field with his dad, the state raptor biologist in Washington. Throughout his childhood, Jesse worked on various raptor research projects, including annual visits to the Chelan Ridge HawkWatch, which led to his desire to pursue a degree in Wildlife Ecology at Washington State University. During summers while working towards his BS, Jesse was a biological technician for the USFS in the Thunder Basin National Grassland of eastern Wyoming, where he monitored the raptor populations and fought wildfires among other duties. After completing his BS, he worked as a biologist on windpower and other industrial development projects in Oregon and Washington. He then returned to school in Edmonton, Alberta at the University of Alberta to pursue a MS in Ecology, studying the effects of industrial development on the movement behavior of Ferruginous Hawks, a species that is federally threatened in Canada.

At HWI, Jesse co-manages Long-term Monitoring and Community Science’s programs. He also manages HWI’s banding and much of the permitting in the USA.

When Jesse’s not thinking about raptors, he spends his time playing bluegrass guitar, exploring the outdoors, playing recreational sports, and rooting for the WSU Cougars.

Favorite Raptor: Ferruginous Hawk

Publications and Blogs by Jesse

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