Cyrus James Moqtaderi joined WEST in 2012 as an avian field biologist and worked several seasons leading crews on solar and wind projects in California before signing on as a research biologist, coordinator, and project manager for the region in November 2015. Cyrus received his degrees in Wildlife Conservation, Political Science, and Journalism at the University of Delaware in 2007 and spent the following seven years traveling and working as an avian biologist on projects around the world.
Cyrus’ career has included hands-on work with endangered Aplomado falcons in West Texas, the critically endangered Mariana crow in the Northern Mariana Islands, and the near-threatened golden-winged warbler in Costa Rica. He has taken part on birding expeditions and scouting trips in Mexico, Central American, Colombia, Nepal, Malaysian Borneo, Tanzania, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.
Cyrus’ professional expertise lies in orchestrating large, complex field operations with precision and efficiency and cohesively leading teams of field biologists. He is an experienced raptor biologist and specializes in golden and bald eagle survey work. Cyrus has spent most of his life working on projects in the southwestern deserts and is deeply in tune with both the unique biological challenges of the area, as well as the particulars of working with the region’s state and federal regulations and agencies. Additionally, Cyrus has led survey crews focused on sensitive local species, such as the southwestern willow flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, golden eagle, and California gnatcatcher.