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Marta Curti

Marta Curti


Though I spent my childhood in a large city in California, I grew up on the outskirts of town and saw deer and coyotes, Red-tailed Hawks and Great-horned Owls quite regularly. The thrill that I felt as a child of hearing an owl hooting in the night, or of seeing a hawk dive into the grass after prey, has not left me. Despite my passion for wildlife, I did not study Biology in university. I had initially wanted to be a teacher and I received my Bachelorís degree in Communications/Creative Writing and a Masters in Education. My work as a field biologist began after I left the traditional field of teaching and began working as an environmental educator in a national park. During my free time, I would volunteer to go out with the biologists to learn as much as I could from them. My first experiences included doing road kill surveys on the major roads within the park to determine the effects of roadways on the parkís wildlife. As I moved around to work as an environmental educator in different national parks and wildlife refuges from Alaska to Arizona, I continued to spend my free time with the biologists helping in any way that I could. Eventually, I began to be assigned my own projects such as banding waterfowl, conducting bird counts, and tracking bighorn sheep and pronghorn with radio telemetry. In 2000 I began as a hack site attendant on The Peregrine Fundís Aplomado Falcon release project and I was hooked! I quite my job with the Fish and Wildlife Service and worked part time with The Peregrine Fund, doing surveys and helping supervise the falcon releases. After three seasons, and an additional winter working on the California Condor project, I became a full-time employee with The Peregrine Fund and was lucky enough to be able to go to Panama to work on the Harpy Eagle and Orange-breasted Falcon conservation programs. I lived in Panama for seven years and recently just moved back to the U.S.A. where I continue to work for The Peregrine Fund.

The Peregrine Fund
5668 West Flying Hawk Lane  
Boise,  Idaho  83709  United States
Phone: 208 362 8266 Fax: 208 362 2376
Email: mcurti@peregrinefund.org

   Research Interests

My main research interest is to understand and improve ways to successfully blend science-based programs with community environmental education programs to strengthen conservation efforts, particularly those that focus on top predators.

Species of Interest: 
  • Solitary Eagle
  • Black-and-white Hawk-eagle
  • Aplomado Falcon
  • Harpy Eagle
  • Orange-breasted Falcon
  • Ornate Hawk-eagle


Muela, A., M. Curti, and Y. Seminario. 2011. An incubating Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) as host for a vampire bat. Journal of Raptor Research 45:277-279.        pdf

Seminario, Y., R. Phillips, and M. Curti. 2011. Observations of the post-fledging behavior and prey of the Solitary Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus solitarius). Journal of Raptor Research 45:261-264.       pdf

Berry, R.B., C.W. Benkman, A. Muela, Y. Seminario, and M. Curti. 2010. Isolation and decline of a population of the Orange-breasted Falcon. Condor 112:479-489.       pdf

Curti, M., and U. Valdez. 2009. Incorporating community education in the strategy for Harpy Eagle conservation in Panama. Journal of Environmental Education 4:3-15.        pdf

Muela, A., and M. Curti. 2005. Harpy Eagle releases in Belize. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 36: 8-9.

Muela, A., and M. Curti. 2005. Harpy Eagle releases in Panama and Belize. Wingspan 14: 14.

Curti, M. 2004. Mission: Harpy Eagle: Colegio Brader students spread the conservation message. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 18.

Brown, J. L., A. B. Montoya, E. J. Gott, and M. Curti. 2003. Piracy as an important foraging method of Aplomado Falcons in southern Texas and northern Mexico. Wilson Bulletin 115: 357-524.

Curti, M. 2003. Harpy Eagle restoration in Belize begins with release of four birds at Las Cuevas. Las Cuevas 1-3.

Muela, A., R. Watson, B. D. Mutch, W. R. Heinrich, J. P. Jenny, and M. Curti. 2003. The Harpy Eagle: biology, restoration and hacking procedures. Fondo Peregrino-Panama/The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.

Curti, M. 2002. The Aplomado Falcon returns to the Rio Grande Valley. Rio Grande Valley Nature 2002: 8-10.

Curti, M., and P. Jenny. 2001. A partnership to restore the Aplomado Falcon. Endangered Species Technical Bulletin 26: 22-23.

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