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Kurt K. Burnham
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Kurt K. Burnham

   Biography

Kurt K. Burnham has been involved with The Peregrine Fund his entire life. The son of Bill and Pat Burnham, Kurt's passion for falcons started at a young age, when he helped raise imprint falcons at home.

In 2006 he branched out and started the High Arctic Institute to continue studying the Gyrfalcons and Peregrines in Greenland.

High Arctic Institute
603 10th Ave  
Orion,  Illinois  61273  United States
Phone: (309) 526-3355
Email: kburnham@higharctic.org


   Research Interests

Raptor biology and ecology, population and conservation genetics, satellite tracking, wildlife management, and captive propagation; galliforms.

Species of Interest: 
  • Gyrfalcon
  • Peregrine Falcon


   Publications

Burnham, K.K., and W.A. Burnham. 2011. Ecology and biology of Gyrfalcons in Greenland. Pp. 1-20 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.), Gyrfalcons and ptarmigan in a changing world. Vol. II. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.        pdf

Burnham, K.K., W.A. Burnham, and I. Newton. 2011. Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus post-glacial colonization and extreme long-term use of nest-sites in Greenland. Pp. 81-92 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.), Gyrfalcons and ptarmigan in a changing world. Vol. II. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.       pdf

Johnson, J.A., and K.K. Burnham. 2011. Population differentiation and adaptive selection on plumage color distributions in Gyrfalcons. Pp. 71-90 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.), Gyrfalcons and ptarmigan in a changing world. Vol. I. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.        pdf

Rosenfield, R.N., T.L. Booms, K.K. Burnham, B. McCaffery, and R.J. Goodwin. 2011. The potential for long-term monitoring and research of Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon breeding populations using undergraduate students: an apparent inexhaustible source of funding. Pp. 373-374 in R.T. Watson, T.J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.), Gyrfalcons and ptarmigan in a changing world. Vol. I. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.       pdf

Burnham, K.K., and I. Newton. 2011. Seasonal movements of Gyrfalcons Falco rusticolus includes extensive periods at sea. Ibis 153:468-484.       pdf

Burnham, K.K. 2011. (Review of) Raptors of New Mexico, edited by J.-L.E. Cartron. Ibis 153:644-645.

Johnson, J.A., S.L. Talbot, G.K. Sage, K.K. Burnham, J.W. Brown, T.L. Maechtle, W.S. Seegar, M.A. Yates, B. Anderson, and, D.P. Mindell. 2010. The use of genetics for the management of a recovering population: temporal assessment of migratory Peregrine Falcons in North America. PLoS One 5(11):e4042.        pdf

Burnham, K.K., W.A. Burnham, and I. Newton. 2009. Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus post-glacial colonization and extreme long-term use of nest-sites in Greenland. Ibis 151:514-522.       pdf

Hunt, W.G., R.T. Watson, J.L. Oaks, C.N. Parish, K.K. Burnham, R.L. Tucker, J.R. Belthoff, and G. Hart. 2009. Lead bullet fragments in venison from rifle-killed deer: potential for human dietary exposure. PLoS ONE 4(4): e5330.       pdf

Burnham, K.K. 2008. Inter- and intraspecific variation of breeding biology, movements, and genotype in Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus and Gyrfalcon F. rusticolus populations in Greenland. Ph.D. dissertation, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.

Johnson, J.A., K.K. Burnham, W.A. Burnham, and D.P. Mindell. 2007. Genetic structure among continental and island populations of Gyrfalcons. Molecular Ecology 16:3145-3160.        pdf

Burnham, K.K., and W. Burnham. 2005. Dovekie response to Glaucous Gull behaviour and approach in North Greenland. Dansk Ornitologisk Forenings Tidsskrift 99:115-118.       pdf

Burnham, W., K.K. Burnham, and T. Cade. 2005. Past and present assessments of bird life in Uummannaq District, West Greenland. Dansk Ornitologisk Forenings Tidsskrift 99:115-118.        pdf

Burnham,K. 2002. Peregrines of North Greenland. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 33: 12.

Burnham, K.K. 2001. Gyrfalcon tracking provides valuable information. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 32:6-7.

Burnham, K.K. 2000. One hundred year bird survey in Greenland produces shocking results. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 31:6-7.

Burnham, K.K. 2000. The not so perfect storm. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 31:14-15.

Burnham, W. A., K. Burnham, R. Comstock, T. Comstock, and J. Stephens. 1994. Progress report: survey of falcons in Thule District, Greenland, 1993 and 1994. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID.

Burnham, W. A. and K. Burnham. 1994. Nesting Peregrines in northern Greenland. Wildbird 8: 28-31.



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