William Blake

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William Blake
Avian Scientist
William graduated with a BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in 2006. William spent the next 7 years working as a seasonal field technician, banding and monitoring birds for several organizations. William worked extensively across the western US and abroad, leading songbird banding projects, handling and monitoring thousands of birds, including threatened species, species of concern, and in recent years focusing on the study of owls and raptors. He obtained a Federal Master Banding Permit in 2013, and now leads various banding operations at MPG Ranch, including the capture and tracking of Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Northern Saw-Whet Owls, Northern Pygmy-owls and Common Poorwills.

William is starting an MS in Wildlife Biology, at UM. He will examine factors that influence the nesting success of Lewis’s Woodpeckers in the Bitterroot Valley. Off work, he enjoys traveling abroad and going back to his native country of France, bird watching, hiking, camping, hunting and playing most team sports.