Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Texas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Texas Staff Member


Becki Perkins

Becki Perkins

Email: becki.perkins@ttu.edu

Biography

Becki's dissertation focuses on the impacts of radio-transmitters and PTT’s on bird survival. She is interested in examining how the added weight and attachment type of transmitters influence the flight agility of raptors and whether predators select avian prey fitted with transmitters.

Research Interest

As part of this research, I am flying falconry birds to recreate avian threats to northern bobwhite - a new technique that is yielding exciting results. I am also using thermal imaging to examine the nocturnal escape strategies of this species.

Research Publications Publication Date
Perkins, R., C.W. Boal, and C.B. Dabbert. 2018. Raptor selection of captive rear and release galliform birds. Wildlife Society Bulletin 43:713-715. 2018-12-31
Perkins, R., C.W. Boal, D. Rollins, and R.M. Perez. 2014. Northern bobwhite predator avoidance behavior in response to varying types of threat. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:1272-1281. 2014-09-30
Cheek, C.A., S. Hlavaty, K. Mougey, R.N. Perkins, M.A. Peyton, C.N. Ryan, J.C. Zavaleta, C.W. Boal, and G. Perry. 2013. Vertical structure use by the stoute iguana (Cyclura pinguis) on Guana Island, BVI. IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians 20:112-118. 2013-09-30
Presentations Presentation Date
R. Perkins, and C.W. Boal. 2014. Transmitter Influences on Raptor Agility and Avian Prey Selection. 2014 Annual Meeting of The Raptor Research Foundation, Corpus Christi, TX, September 2014 2014-09-24
Perkins, R., and C.W. Boal. Does this Radio Transmitter Make Me Look Delicious? A Field-informed Agent-based Modeling Approach to Understanding Transmitter Impacts on Raptor Selection of Prey. 2019 Meeting of The Raptor Research Foundation, Fort Collins, CO. 2019-11-07
Perkins, R., and C.W. Boal. 2020. Does this Radio Transmitter Make Me Look Delicious? A Field-informed Agent-based Modeling Approach to Understanding Transmitter Impacts on Raptor Selection of Prey. Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Corpus Christi, TX, 14 February 2020. 2020-02-14
Perkins, R., and C. Boal. Transmitter influences on raptor agility and raptor prey selection. Annual meeting of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, NM. 2017-09-25
Perkins, R., and C. Boal. Transmitter Influences on Raptor Agility and Prey Capture. Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Corpus Christi, TX, February 2015. 2015-02-21
Perkins, R. and C.W. Boal. Captive rear and release: conservation tool or high trophic level bird feeder? 2018 Joint Meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists and the Wilson Ornithological Society. Chattanooga, TN. 7-9 June 2018. 2018-06-08
Perkins, R. and C.W. Boal. 2016. Transmitter Influences on Raptor Agility and Prey Capture. Annual Meeting of The Raptor Research Foundation, Cape May, NJ. 2016-10-10
Boal, C.W., and R. Perkins. The use of trained raptors in field research. 2019 Meeting of The Raptor Research Foundation, Fort Collins, CO. 2019-11-07