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David L. Anderson

David L. Anderson


I am currently the Director of the Gyrfalcon and Tundra Conservation Program at The Peregrine Fund. I direct field research in Alaska on climate change and Gyrfalcon breeding ecology, and coordinate with raptor biologists around the Arctic. For my Ph.D. (Louisiana State University) and M.S. (Boise State University) I studied avian diversity in tropical rain forests, particularly the canopy, which I access with techniques and equipment specialized for trees.

The Peregrine Fund
5668 W. Flying Hawk Ln.  
Boise,  ID  83709  United States
Phone: 208 362-8266
Email: DAnderson@peregrinefund.org

   Research Interests

Avian diversity, particularly in tropical rain forests. Breeding ecology of Gyrfalcons. Canopy access methods.

Species of Interest: 
  • Gyrfalcon
  • Falco rusticolus


Anderson, D. L., C. J. W. McClure, and A. Franke. In prep. Applied raptor ecology: Essentials from Gyrfalcon research. Edited volume.

Anderson, D. L., P. J. Bente, T. Booms. L. Dunn, and C. J. W. McClure. In review. Landscape level effects of Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) occupancy in western Alaska.

Robinson, B. W., N. Paprocki, D. L. Anderson, and M. J. Bechard. 2017. First record of nestling relocation by adult Gyrfalcons (Falco rusticolus) following nest collapse. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129:216-221       pdf

Robinson, B. W., and D. L. Anderson. 2016. Crested Auklet Aethia cristatella as a prey item in an inland Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus nest. Marine Ornithology 44:237-239.       pdf

Anderson, D. L., W. Koomjian, B. French, S. R. Altenhoff, and J. Luce. 2015. Review of rope-based access methods for the forest canopy: safe and unsafe practices in published information sources and a summary of current methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6:865-872.       pdf

Anderson, David L. 2014. Honduran Emerald (Amazilia luciae), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online. LINK

Bennett, R. E., I. Zuniga, M. Bonta, D. L. Anderson, S. McCann, L. Herrera. 2014. First nest record of Red-throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus) for Middle America. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126:389-392.       pdf

Welton, M.J., D.L. Anderson, G.J. Colorado, P.B. Hamel & D. Calderon-F. 2012. Spring migration stopover by Cerulean Warblers in northern Middle America. Ornitologia Neotropical 23:289-305.       pdf

Anderson, D. L., and L. N. Naka. 2011. Comparative structure and organization of canopy bird assemblages in Honduras and Brazil. Condor 113: 7-23.       pdf

Anderson, D. L., P. R. House, R. E. Hyman, R. Steiner, H. R. Hawkins, S. Thorn, M. J. Rey, M. R. Espinal, and L. E. Marineros. 2010. Rediscovery of the Honduran Emerald Amazilia luciae in western Honduras: insights on the ecology, distribution, and conservation status of a ‘Critically Endangered’ hummingbird. Bird Conservation International 20: 255-262.       pdf

Anderson, D. L., and C. Devenish. 2009. Honduras. Pp. 255-260 in C. Devenish, D. F. Díaz Hernandez, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson, and I. Yépez Zabala [Eds.], Important bird areas of the Americas – Priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife International, Quito, Ecuador.

Anderson, D. L. 2009. Ground versus canopy methods for the study of birds in tropical forest canopies: implications for ecology and conservation. Condor 111: 226-237.       pdf

Anderson, D. L. 2008. Rain Bird: Dispersing seeds and drawing tourists, a sought-after bird helps preserve a forest in Honduras. Natural History 117(10): 36-39.       pdf

Welton, M., D.L. Anderson, G. Colorado, E.S. Perez & T. Beachy. 2007. Hábitat de migración y ecología de sitios de paso del chipe cerúleo y otros Passeriformis migratorios neárticos-neotropicales en el norte de Centro América: Honduras, Guatemala, y México 2007.       pdf

Shoch, D. S., and D. L. Anderson. 2007. Status of tern colonies in the Honduras Bay Islands. Waterbirds 50: 403-411.       pdf

Anderson, D. L., D. A. Wiedenfeld, M. J. Bechard, and S. J. Novak. 2004. Avian diversity in the Moskitia region of Honduras. Ornitologia Neotropical 15: 447-442.       pdf

Bonta, M., and D. L. Anderson. 2002. Birding Honduras: A checklist and guide. EcoArte, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 186 pp.

Thorstrom, R., R. Watson, A. Baker, S. Ayers, and D. L. Anderson. 2002. Preliminary ground and aerial surveys for Orange-breasted Falcons in Central America. Journal of Raptor Research 36: 39-44.       pdf

Anderson, D. L. 2001. Landscape heterogeneity and diurnal raptor diversity in Honduras: The role of indigenous shifting cultivation. Biotropica 33: 511-519.       pdf

Anderson, D. L. 2000. Notes on the breeding, distribution, and taxonomy of the Ocellated Poorwill (Nyctriphynus ocellatus) in Honduras. Ornitologia Neotropical 11: 233-238.       pdf

McCarthy, T. J., D.L. Anderson, and G. Cruz D. 1999. Tree sloths (Mammalia: Xenartha) in Nicaragua and Honduras, Central America. Southwestern Naturalist 44: 410-414.       pdf

Anderson, D. L., M. Bonta, and P. Thorn. 1998. New and noteworthy bird records from Honduras. Bulletin British Ornithological Club 118: 178-183.       pdf

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