Jim Ray

Wild Pantex – The Official Bird of Pantex?

  • Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

Every state in the United States has designated a bird species as its state bird. Texas’ is the Northern Mockingbird, Oklahoma’s the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, and New Mexico’s is the Greater Roadrunner. Besides Texas, the mockingbird is also claimed by four other states: Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Wild Pantex – One of Three

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and Pantex eagerly await word on the announcement of the winner of the 2014 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award. Abstracts for Pantex and the two other national finalists are now posted on the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s web page for the Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds.

Wild Pantex – A Tribute to the Eastside Girl

  • Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

Normally, I would not write what looks like an obituary for one of my study animals. Having worked in this profession for more than 24 years I have seen study animals come and go and have worked die-offs, where victims number into the thousands. Nor do I normally name animals, unless it is a band number, or perhaps an ear tag color-combination. Like many of my colleagues, I’m more of a “populations” kind of guy, than becoming focused on individuals.

Wild Pantex – Burrowing Owls

  • Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

This week I have a guest blogger, one that we have collaborated with on burrowing owl research. I will follow this up next week with more information on the research project itself.

Nancy McIntyre is Professor of Biological Sciences and Curator of Birds at Texas Tech University. She writes:

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