Kate Watts

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Eagle Coordinator/Raptor Biologist

911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
United States

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About Kate Watts

Kate began her wildlife conservation career working for state agencies and NGOs focusing on waterfowl management, deer management, shorebird conservation and marine conservation before joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011. She entered the Service through the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) as a Wildlife Biologist at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and continued on to work as a Wildlife Biologist at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Los Banos, CA.  In 2015, she became the Lead Wildlife Biologist at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex, overseeing a Refuge Biology Program that promoted the recovery of 32 federally-listed species and leading the effort to prevent extinction of the key deer during the first outbreak of New World Screwworm seen in the US since the 1960s.  Kate joined the Migratory Birds and Habitat Program in Portland, Oregon in 2018. Kate received her Bachelors Degree of Science in Biology from New York University, and her Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology from University of Delaware.  She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on subjects ranging from nesting ecology, juvenile survival, population dynamics, hurricane and disease impacts, and novel field techniques. In 2023, Kate started work in her current position as Eagle Coordinator in the Pacific Region’s Migratory Bird Program. As the region’s Raptor Biologist and Eagle Coordinator, Kate's primary job is to work with the public and other stakeholders to find solutions when human interests conflict with raptor conservation. She also assists with the formulation of regional and national policy related to raptors and eagle take permits, and works with partners on raptor research and raptor conservation efforts.

Areas of expertise
Bird Biology, Conservation, Management, Monitoring, Habitat Management and Restoration
Renewable Energy, Human/Raptor Conflicts, Eagle Compensatory Mitigation
ArcGIS Pro, AGOL, data analysis, database and website development

From The Library

Lower Snake River / Hopkins Ridge Wind Facilities - Eagle Incidental Take Permit

Location/Size: Garfield and Columbia Counties, WA. Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) Lower Snake River Wind Facility consists of 149 wind turbines, each capable of generating 2.3 megawatts (MW).  PSE's Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility consists of 87 wind turbines, each capable of...

Leaning Juniper I Wind Facility - Eagle Incidental Take Permit

Location/Size: Gilliam County, OR. Project consists of 67 wind turbines.Eagle Take Permit Issued/Expires: 2/1/2021 - 1/31/2051Authorized Take: 113 Golden Eagles and 113 Bald Eagles over 30 years...

Biglow Canyon Wind Facility - Eagle Incidental Take Permit

Location/Size: Sherman County, OR. Project consists of  217 wind turbinesEagle Take Permit Issued/Expires: 5/22/2020 - 1/31/2050Authorized Take:  39 Golden Eagles and 20 Bald Eagles over 30 years...