Chris Persico grew up on the fringes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, spending his time fishing, hunting and running around in the woods. His interest in professional wildlife work began when he built a Common Loon nesting platform for an Eagle Scout project.
Chris graduated from the University of Maine in 2008 with a degree in Wildlife Ecology. While in school, he worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service monitoring Black Oystercatchers in Alaska, then in New Hampshire monitoring threatened Common Loon populations in the Lakes Region. After graduating college, Chris began working for BRI as a seasonal field biologist assisting with Bald Eagle nestling sampling in Maine and was trained in loon capture, handling, and sampling. He continued working seasonally with BRI until hired full time in 2013.
As one of BRI’s senior level field biologists, Chris is highly skilled in wildlife capture, including: Common Loons, Bald Eagle (adults and nestlings), breeding Peregrine Falcons, bats and migrating raptors (e.g., using bal-chatri, dho-gazza, and mist nets). With this expertise, Chris trains internal staff on capture, sampling, surveying, and banding techniques. He oversees field projects that specialize in short and long-term tracking, including the use of satellite and GPS technology (geolocators). With his back-country medical and rescue skills, he is the lead field biologist overseeing operations for BRI’s western loon demographic and contaminant monitoring (e.g., Washington, Wyoming, Montana, and British Columbia). His capture abilities are enhanced by specialty skills that include rock and tree climbing, as well as boating and canoeing in remote, weather-stressed situations.
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