Staff:
Justyn Stahl, Project Manager, San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring and Release Program

Adult Island Fox

 

 

Institute for Wildlife Studies
2327 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 524-9042
jstahl@iws.org

 

 

Education:

M.S. - University of Florida

B.S. - University of Miami

Career Interests:

After a college ornithology class derailed my life-long ambition of becoming a marine biologist, I embarked on the path of an avian field biologist, starting with two seasons of Prothonotary Warbler research in Southern Illinois. I spent the next two years studying cooperative breeding Acorn Woodpeckers in Carmel Valley, California as part of my Master’s degree, then travelled around a bit: searching in vain for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in Florida, helping a friend with his Ph.D. work in Tanzania, and most importantly, working as a delivery driver for a sandwich shop chain.

Island Spotted SkunkI began working for IWS in January 2008, and in 2013, I started my 6th season as a project manager on San Clemente Island: one year managing the San Clemente Sage Sparrow project and five years managing the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring and Release Program.  My current responsibilities include overseeing the “soft-release” of captive-bred shrikes and the long-term monitoring of this federally endangered, endemic subspecies.  It has been an enjoyable challenge to find ways to manage the growing shrike population in an environment as dynamic as an active U.S. Navy training range and as unique as an island 100km offshore.

Outside of shrike responsibilities, I also manage, and contribute to, a large database of bird distributional information for San Clemente Island, and can usually be found seawatching in the mornings before work and searching for landbird migrants in the afternoon.  Highlights from my island list of 256 species include: Bluethroat, Red-flanked Bluetail (found by Jethro Runco), Painted Bunting, Red-throated Pipit, Common Redpoll (found by Martin Sluk), 27 species of wood-warbler, 19 species of ducks and geese, and two Black-footed Albatross seen from land!

 

     

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Stahl, J. T., P. J. Capitolo, F. Gress, H. R. Carter, and M. S. Lowry. 2015. Successful nesting by Brown Pelicans Pelecanus occidentalis on San Clemente Island, California, in 2011. Marine Ornithology 43: 241-243. PDF

Bradley, J. E., J. T. Stahl, and J. C. Fidorra. 2011. Recent additions to the avifauna of San Clemente Island, California, including the first record of the Bluethroat in California. Western Birds 42: 174–182.

Koenig, W. D., and J. T. Stahl. 2007. Late summer and fall nesting in the acorn woodpecker and other North American terrestrial birds. The Condor. 109: 334-350.

Stahl, J. T. and M. K. Oli. 2006. Relative importance of avian life-history variables to population growth rate. Ecological Modelling. 198: 23-39.

 

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Stahl, J. T., N. J. Desnoyers, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. 2013. San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring and Release Program Final Report – 2012. U.S. Navy, Environmental Department, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, San Diego, California.

Stahl, J. T., N. J. Desnoyers, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. 2012. San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring and Release Program Final Report – 2011. U.S. Navy, Environmental Department, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, San Diego, California.

Stahl, J. T., J. P. Gunther, N. J. Desnoyers, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. 2011. San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring Program Final Report – 2010. U.S. Navy, Environmental Department, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, San Diego, California.

Stahl, J. T., M. G. Hethcoat, J. G. Yoo, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. 2010. San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring Program Final Report – 2009. U.S. Navy, Environmental Department, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, San Diego, California.

Stahl, J. T., T. D. Docherty, S. A. Kaiser, B. Hudgens, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. 2010. Population monitoring of the San Clemente sage sparrow – 2008. Final Report. Unpublished report prepared by the Institute for Wildlife Studies for the United States Navy, Navy Region Southwest, Natural Resources Office, San Diego, California.

Stahl, J. T., M. G. Hethcoat, J. G. Yoo, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. 2009.  San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring Program Final Report – 2008. U.S. Navy, Environmental Department, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, San Diego, California.