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Raptor Resource Project names new director, adds board members

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

The Raptor Resource Center announced Monday they're moving forward with a new director, after the sudden death of longtime director Bob Anderson last month.

John Howe has been named the new director of the Raptor Resource Center.  It's a choice Anderson said he wanted before he died.

Howe worked with Anderson on several projects, including the popular Decorah Eagle cams, HD upgrades at Great Spirit Bluff, and preparation for an upcoming project in the Philippines.

According to a blog post from the RRP, "Bob was impressed by John's leadership and technical skills, his passion for using media to fascinate and motivate people, and his dedication to our mission."

In a message written on a blog post for the RRP, Howe listed a top ten project list he wants to get done, which includes restoring the Decorah Eagle nest, which was knocked down due to a storm earlier this year, and establishing a new eagle cam on that new nest.  He's also looking to continue a project Anderson started to establish a live eagle camera at a wild nest in the Philippines.

The RRP Board also added four new members this month, who will join the five already sitting on the board.  Veterinarian Laura Johnson and film-maker Neil Rettig will lead their upcoming Philippine Eagle Project.  Dave Kester has been involved in their peregrine falcon banding and monitoring, and finally David Lynch, who has been involved with a number of projects, including eagle tracking.

Kester says they have the expertise to move forward. "There's a lot of energy and it's all positive energy, and the community wants to move forward, in particular the people of the greater community, the people who view it through the internet want to see it move forward and we do as well." 

Meanwhile, people in the community are hopeful for the new direction of the project.

"I believe the town is very much behind it and excited about the project and it's really, hopefully the logistics can work out. Bob had so many expertises that may work well so hopefully others will carry on the way he did," said Chris Storlie.

Check out the full blog post here: http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2015/08/message-from-director.html.

KWWL's Shirley Descorbeth contributed to this report. 

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