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Ryan Phillips

Ryan Phillips


Ryan has been conducting wildlife research since an early age and his passion for wildlife science has continued to grow since. Ryan has been teaching at De Anza College in the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies since 2008 where he teaches twelve different courses and is is the Program coordinator for the Wildlife Science Technician Program where he heads up the research efforts. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Conservation Biology and Fisheries with a specialization in Ornithology from the University of California at Davis and is currently in a Graduate Program at San Jose State University. He has spent over 12 years conducting research in Central America, as he lived in Belize for three years as a Field Biologist for The Peregrine Fund on the Harpy Eagle Restoration Project. Ryan was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Belize Raptor Research Institute, which is now called the Belize Bird Conservancy. Ryan has conducted research on a wide-variety of species and habitats. He is also a raptor bander at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory as part of their long term research program. Ryan has worked on many field research projects and has spoken at many professional conferences and events, as well as has published scientific papers related to ecology. Ryan is Director of the Belize Hawk Watch Project and Raptor Certification Program.

Belize Bird Conservancy/ De Anza College
PO Box 110234  
Campbell,  CA  95011  United States
Email: harpiabz@yahoo.com

   Research Interests

Nesting ecology
Raptor conservation
Landscape ecology
Movement and Migration Ecology Population ecology
Corridor/connectivity ecology
Land preservation

Species of Interest: 
  • Chondrohierax uncinatus
  • Asio stygius
  • Harpyhaliaetus solitarius
  • Spizaetus melanoleucus
  • Busarellus nigricollis
  • Spizaetus ornatus
  • Spizaetus tyrannus
  • Morphnus guianensis
  • Harpia harpyja


Phillips, R. 2012. An active nest of the rare Solitary Eagle Harpyhaliaetus solitarius discovered in Belize. Spizaetus 13:2-8.

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

Phillips, R., P. Balderamos, and D. Roth. 2010. First nesting of Northern Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway in Belize, Central America. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 130:69-70.       pdf

Phillips, R. 2009. Studying hawk-eagles in Belize. Neotropical Raptor Network Newsletter 7:1, 10-11.       pdf

Phillips, R., and Y. Seminario. 2009. Aging characteristics of Spizaetus melanoleucus: first photographic documentation. Neotropical Raptor Network Newsletter 8:1-5.       pdf

Phillips, R., and C. Hatten. 2013. Nest observations on the Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus in Belize, Central America. Boletin SAO 21: 1-9.

Phillips, R. 2013. Book review of Neotropical Birds of Prey: biology and ecology of a forest raptor community. Journal of Raptor Research 47(4): 423-424.

Phillips, R. 2011. Studying the Stygian Owl Asio stygius robustus in Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize. Spizaetus 12: 2-6.

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