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Rob Bierregaard

Biography

Rob Bierregaard

Rob's passion in the natural world has always been birds of prey. His Ph.D. research addressed the importance of competition in the ecological structure of raptor communities. From 1995 to 2011, Rob taught Ornithology and Ecology in the Biology Department of UNC-Charlotte. Previously (1978-1988), Rob was the original field director of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in Manaus, Brazil. Rob and his graduate students carried out a 10-year study of the flourishing Barred Owl populations around Charlotte, NC. He now focuses his research on the ecology and migration of Ospreys in eastern North America. He has deployed satellite or cell-tower transmitters on 61 juvenile and 47 adult Ospreys and spends most of his time analyzing the data from his “flock” of Ospreys as they move back and forth between North and South America. He is now a research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
 
In the summer of 2013, while waiting to trap a young Osprey at its nest, someone suggested that Rob should write a book about his favorite Osprey. The idea started him down a windy road that led to the publication of BELLE'S JOUNREY in May of 2018.

Rob Bierregaard

Books by Rob Bierregaard

written by Rob Bierregaard with illustrations by Kate Garchinsky - Children's 8-12, Environment, Nature, Picture
Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha's Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back--a journey of more than 8,000 miles. Dr. B. and Dick observe ospreys and their offspring, tagging one special fledgling with a transmitter to better study migration habits. Follow Belle as she attempts her first flight, conquers her first fishing endeavour and heads south for her first migration all while her tracking device transmits information about her jounrey. Based on information garnered through years of research by the author, BELLE'S JOURNEY will soar into reader's hearts.