Alaska Bird Observatory, Inc.
Anne Ruggles is Executive Director of the Alaska Bird Observatory. Anne has B.S. degrees in Zoology and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law with a concentration in natural resources law. She has worked for twenty years as a field biologist in Central America, Texas, Alaska, and Colorado. Her work has included wildlife habitat assessments, species inventories, determining population densities and distribution, species and habitat monitoring and mapping of habitat use. From 1990-1996 Anne served, variously, on the Alaska Wolf Management Planning Team, the Alaska Board of Game and the Citizens Advisory Council (Wildlife Chair) to the Department of Forestry for the Tanana Valley State Forest in Interior Alaska. In 2004 she was appointed to the Colorado Wolf Management Working Group. As a member of these organizations she was extensively involved in the development of policy and management of wildlife. Most recently, Anne was a Senior Wildlife Ecologist with Bear Canyon Consulting in Boulder, Colorado and a board member for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Anne’s interests include backpacking with her husband, Don (a rocket scientist with the Geophysical Institute and musician) and their dogs (Thalia and Camena, who carry their own packs), plus backcountry skiing, and winter camping.