Cheryl Dykstra Ph.D. / Director
B.S., Calvin College, 1988
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wildlife Ecology, 1991
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wildlife Ecology, 1995
Cheryl has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, and is now an independent researcher
studying urban/suburban raptors. She is also Editor-in-chief of The
Journal of Raptor Research. Her research interests include
urban/suburban populations, reproductive success, habitat use, natal
dispersal, breeding dispersal, survival, diet, behavioral ecology,
survey and monitoring, and ecotoxicology.
Sara Johnson Miller / Graduate Student
University of Georgia, dual Wildlife Ecology & Management and
Environmental Assessment, 2007 M.S. Arkansas State University,
The newest member of the team, Sara, joined to study the nesting
ecology of suburban Red-shouldered Hawks using 24-hour video
monitoring. She investigated incubation behavior and prey delivery to the nest,
behavioral interactions between chicks, and causes of nest failure. Previous raptor experience includes
volunteering at a falconry center in England and working with captive,
injured raptors at Rock Eagle 4-H Environmental Education Center in
Georgia. Sara has recently taken a position as a wildlife
biologist with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Sandra Stone/ Web Developer, Field Assistant
Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana. Education & Fine
She is a Permaculture Specialist and has done many Garden Installations and Designs. She was Coordinator of the
Spring Grove Community
Gardens. She has been a volunteer with the
Melinda M. Simon / Research Associate
Grandville Ohio. Melinda was formerly employed in Product Development for Proctor
and Gamble Co. She serves on
the Board of Trustees of the
Audubon Society and Raptor Incorporated.
Secretary of the
Ohio Bird Banding
Association. She has volunteered with the
Shouldered Hawk project since 1997.
Ann Wegman / Field Assistant
1990 Zoology. She was formally employed at the
University of Cincinnati
as Research Associate
doing outreach programs,
and served as Environmental Awareness
for the Forest Park
School District in Winton Woods. She is currently
Animal Resources Coordinator
at the Cincinnati Museum Center. She has volunteered with
Jeff Hays / Research Associate
has been monitoring red-shouldered hawks in the Cincinnati and Hocking
areas for approximately 18 years. He has co-authored several papers on
the productivity, nest site selection, home ranges and eating habits of
Each year he does field work as a climber for the Wisconsin and Michigan
Departments of Natural Resources. They study the productivity and
contaminant levels of Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Northern Goshawks.
He is a longtime board member and volunteer of RAPTOR, Inc., a
Cincinnati-based organization dedicated to rehabilitating injured birds
of prey and educating the public about them.