Feb. 26, 2014
The Spring 2014 issue of Pacific magazine is online today and in mailboxes this week.Jenni Luckett | Editor
Spotting birds of prey on car rides is something of a hobby in my family. Especially in the winter, when so many trees are bare, we keep our eyes peeled for red-tail hawks, golden eagles and the rare bald eagle. (If you’ve ever driven through Wyoming, which we used to do frequently, you’d understand that it’s imperative to find something to watch for on long, flat drives.)
Lately, though, I’ve been watching for kestrels.
This summer, I had the chance to spend a little time in the field with Professor Rich Van Buskirk and two students who were reaching the small falcons, known locally as sparrowhawks. They went out into the local countryside, caught wild birds, tagged them with radio transmitters, and tracked their nesting, feeding and mating grounds.
The goal is to figure out why the species, which is on the decline around the country, manages to thrive in a small radius around Forest Grove.
Don’t miss the story in the Spring 2014 issue of Pacific magazine. Plus, go behind-the-scenes with a Boxer Tale video following Van Buskirk’s research!
Also in this issue of the magazine, you will find:
— A profile on Del Judy ’46, MAEd ’73, who attended Pacific University during World War II then came back to study deaf education in the 1970s before joining the Peace Corps in her 60s
— The story of Judy Glenney ’71, a pioneer in women’s weightlifting who helped get the sport included in the Olympics
— Photos from celebrity and fashion photographer Andrew Walker ’92, who shoots for the well-known stock photo company, Getty Images
— The first-person account of taking Boxer football from a brand newly reinstated startup to a winning team in just four years, from one of this year’s graduating seniors
— And much, much more!
The Spring 2014 issue of Pacific magazine is available online today and in alumni and friend mailboxes this week. Be sure to let us know what you think!
And, remember, Pacific now publishes three times a year, so watch for your next issue in June!