Brian C. Latta, Executive Director831.234.5079 email@example.com
Brian Latta is currently the Executive Director of the newly incorporated non-profit The Bird Group.
Brian has worked on various conservation and research projects involving raptors as lead field biologist and raptor propagation and release specialist for the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPBRG) from 1989 through 2008.
From June 2007 to July 2008 he was SCPBRG's Principle Investigator on the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Avian Fatality Studies, supervising the avian mortality monitoring team and participating in study design in a cooperative program to reduce avian and bat mortality caused by wind turbines in Alameda County.
Brian was also SCPBRG's Principle Investigator for the California Energy Commision-Public Interest Energy Research, Avian-Energy Systems Mitigation Program during the latter half of 2007.
From 1999 to 2004 he was SCPBRG's project manager for the Channel Islands Golden Eagle Removal Program and continues to serve as Golden Eagle expert on the Island Fox Integrated Recovery Team.
As a field biologist he
participated in various studies involving raptors and wind energy including Grainger Hunt's golden eagle mortality study as well as pre- and post-installation wind farm raptor surveys for Biosystems, Inc.
, BioResource Consultants, and Peter H. Bloom.
has also worked on various raptor field projects in Alaska, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, North Carolina, Mexico, Spain, Siberia, and Fiji.
Brian received a B.S. in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986.
We learned that when Brian Latta
was flying her
for rehabilitation exercise and she
flew in to the nest canyon.
We were concerned she
might be attacked by "the locals" but it turned out she
WAS the local, as evidenced by the male mating with her
decided at that point she
was better off with her
mate since it was the breeding season and he
would feed her
They brought off three young the next season.
has been photographed devouring a pigeon on the beach in Santa Cruz wearing what are called aylmeris through which jesses would normally be threaded if the bird
could have trapped her
to remove them, but chose to let her
be as they don't hurt anything and will eventually fall off, in fact they have already.
A clue that this is indeed Angelina is that she
has no band; if she
were a lost falconry bird she
would have been banded.
Also, in the photos one can see she
is hanging the "hand" of her
does this when relaxed but it doesn't affect her
lost a ligament to the injury.
In the picture, on a Santa Cruz beach, she's
several miles from "home", nothing to a peregrine if there are abundant pigeons to be had.
Angelina during rehab.
Photo: Brian Latta
Angelina incubating after release.
Photo: Brian Latta