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Wildlife Research and Field Biologist
Chris Persico, B.S.
Chris removes a Merlin from a mist net.

Chris Persico, B.S.

Center for Waterbird Studies Assistant/Raptor Program Assistant

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Chris grew up on the fringes of the North East Kingdom of Vermont, spending his time fishing, hunting, and running around in the woods. His interest in wildlife began when he built a Common Loon nesting platform for his Eagle Scout project.

He spent his first field season in Alaska volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor Black Oystercatcher populations on Prince William Sound. He then found himself on the opposite side of the continent, working with the Loon Preservation Committee in the wilds of New Hampshire.

After two seasons of loon field work, he joined BRI as a seasonal field biologist to assist with Bald Eagle capture along the coast of Maine. Five field seasons later, he is now a full-time employee assisting in both the Center for Loon Conservation and the Raptor Program. His work takes him to some amazing places including Wyoming, Block Island, and coastal Maine.


  • B.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, 2008


  • NREMT, 2012

Expertise and Experience

  • Capturing nestling Bald Eagles - tree climbing
  • Capturing migrating raptors
  • Capturing Common Loons using night-lighting techniques
  • Banding and sampling raptors and loons

Research Interests

  • Tracking wildlife using satellite transmitters
  • Identifying potential toxicological threats to wildlife
  • Raptor conservation

Research Reports

Photo Credits: ©Al Hinde
Biodiversity Research Institute