Jeffrey L Lincer

Jeffrey L Lincer


Science Oversight Team; worldwide - Base: La Mesa, California, USA

Contact Details:

Address: Researchers Implementing Conservation Action
9251 Golondrina Dr., La Mesa, CA 91941
Phone: (619) 668-0032 (Office)

Dr. Lincer received his Doctorate in Terrestrial Ecology from Cornell University (1972), where his classic research addressed the effects of DDT and PCBs on eggshell-thinning and other aspects of reproduction of American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) and other raptors. He took an M.S., M.F. (Wildlife Management) from SUNY, College of Forestry and Environmental Science (CFES), Syracuse University (1969) and a B.S., B.F. (Zoology) at SUNY, CFES, Syracuse University (1967).  As Co-founder and former WRI Research Director of the Wildlife Research Institute, his responsibilities included managing WRI’s multi-faceted Comprehensive Burrowing Owl Management Program. This program included captive breeding and release, habitat manipulation/management, population studies, translocation, public education, and field surveys on thousands of acres located in Southern California counties, including approximately 4,200 miles of canals and drainages in the Imperial Valley for IID (a three-year study). He is most well known for his research on numerous raptor species, including the Burrowing Owl (BUOW, Athene cunicularia), and his ability to manage complex interdisciplinary projects and work cooperatively with both the public and private sector. He has been involved in raptor projects from Alaska to Africa and he has an active professional program focused on Southern California’s natural resources. He holds an Adjunct Scientist position with the San Diego Museum of Natural History and is a Past President of The Wildlife Society’s Southern California Chapter and the international Raptor Research Foundation (RRF).  He has over 100 publications and papers, most of which focus on birds of prey.

Dr. Lincer was the founding Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Raptor Information Center (1976-1977), which ultimately evolved into NWF's Institute for Wildlife Research.  During that tenure, he coordinated with federal and state agencies and the private sector, developed computerized raptor literature databases, initiated the Federation’s Scientific and Technical Series and the newsletter Eyas, and assessed and prioritized acquisition of raptor habitat throughout the United States. While working for local government (Sarasota County, FL) for 15 years, he managed 33,000 acres of native habitat, including that for BUOWs. Familiar with habitat and raptor management needs, he served as Consulting Editor for the joint RRF/Bureau of Land Management publication, entitled "Raptor Habitat Management under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Multiple-Use Mandate."

As President of RRF from 1982 to 1988, he oversaw the greatest growth of that professional organization in its entire history, which expanded membership to over 40 countries.  He is still an active RRF member, chairs the Leslie Brown Award Committee (for raptor research), and chaired the First International Burrowing Owl Symposium and Workshop in Seattle, Washington.  This symposium and workshop, the proceedings of which were published, were part of the annual RRF Conference and focused on the status, ecology and management of the BUOW, for which he was the Senior Editor. He also served on the Steering Committee for the Second International Symposium on Burrowing Owls (Ogden, Utah) and the 2003 First California Burrowing Owl Symposium (Sacramento). He coordinated the BUOW status reports for the latter symposium and presented papers, entitled “Status of Burrowing Owls in San Diego County” and “The California Burrowing Owl Literature.” The proceedings, for which he is a co-editor, are now available through the following web site  He was an invited participant in the Tri-national Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), which focuses on the Burrowing Owl and other grassland species, and was also involved in the Planning Committee for the 3rd International BuOw Symposium (Vera Cruz, Mexico), where he presented a paper, which focused on the Opportunities and Challenges of Managing the Burrowing Owl in Southern California. Most recently, he Co-chaired the 2011 Western Raptor Symposium, held at the Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, CA, 8-9 February.

He is also participating in professional groups that are addressing the management and conservation of the Burrowing Owls in California, including those in San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Imperial counties, and other parts of the west, including Oregon and Washington.