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Executive Director
THE BIRD GROUP

Education

B.S.
Natural Resources Conservation
University of Maryland , College Park

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| THE BIRD GROUP + Conservation |

birdgroup.org, $reference.date [cached]

Sincerely, Brian C. Latta, Executive DirectorThe Bird Group 831.234.5079 or blatta@birdgroup.org


| THE BIRD GROUP | Avian Research + Conservation |

birdgroup.org, $reference.date [cached]

Brian C. Latta, Executive Director831.234.5079 blatta@birdgroup.org 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. He 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.

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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. Brian 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. She 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 wasn't flying. Brian 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 right wing. She does this when relaxed but it doesn't affect her flying. She 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
Angelina incubating after release. Photo: Brian Latta


| THE BIRD GROUP + Conservation |

www.birdgroup.org, $reference.date [cached]

Sincerely, Brian C. Latta, Executive DirectorThe Bird Group 831.234.5079 or blatta@birdgroup.org


| THE BIRD GROUP + Conservation |

birdgroup.org, $reference.date [cached]

Brian C. Latta, Executive Director831.234.5079 blatta@birdgroup.org 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. He 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.

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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. Brian 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. She 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 wasn't flying. Brian 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 right wing. She does this when relaxed but it doesn't affect her flying. She 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
Angelina incubating after release. Photo: Brian Latta


| THE BIRD GROUP + Conservation |

birdgroup.org, $reference.date [cached]

President - Brian C. Latta

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