A particularly interesting focus the author will concentrate on will be the largely forgotten story of the pioneering women biologists and ornithologists, who made major contributions to the projects that kept the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon from going extinct. Most of these women are now in their 60’s, and all of them are now either retired or engaged in other careers. Each of their stories are compelling. A few examples of the women featured in Flight Paths include:
¨ Tina Milburn Morris who in her early 20’s spent two summers alone in the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Western New York as a graduate student studying under one of the greatest ornithologists in history. Tina was the first person to ever raise young bald eagles in the wild using a technique known as “hacking.”
¨ Lois Goblet, who while also in her early 20’s spent months living alone under very primitive conditions in the Adirondacks, also hacking baby bald eagles, without any regular communication with the outside world.
¨ Barbara Loucks was told by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that she could be a clerk at the agency, but her parents encouraged her to become a biologist. She ended up as a nationally know expert on peregrine falcons, as the first person in the DEC responsible for managing the state’s peregrine falcon population.
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