Goodrich joined the staff in fall 1984 as its first full-time biologist. Today Laurie is the Senior Monitoring Biologist, and she supervisors the raptor counts, coordinates activities with other watchsites, conducts her own research, advises and is the co-founder of the River of Raptors site in Veracruz, Mexico, and is active on multiple programs and projects to address land management and bird conservation issues.
Many visitors to Hawk Mountain know Laurie from the North Lookout, where she is always at home, sharing her contagious enthusiasm for hawk watching. Here, her patient and encouraging approach helps to boost confidence in many first-time birders. It becomes quickly obvious that she is a seasoned interpretive naturalist, a true raptor ID expert, and a passionate educator.
She recently launched a new satellite telemetry study, tagging three juvenile and one adult broad-winged hawk earlier this summer. To learn more about this work or the bird’s movements, visit hawkmountain.org/broadwing.