Steve Kolbe M.S.

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Professional Title
Avian Ecologist
Steve Kolbe is an avian ecologist with a special interest in bird migration and movement, testing novel survey methodologies, and acoustic identification. His research focuses on the ways in which birds use their environment at varying scales throughout the annual cycle.


M.S. Integrated Biosciences, University of Minnesota - Duluth, 2018
B.S. Miami University, 2009


Featured Research Projects

The ForCAST tool attempts to provide forestry professionals and land managers with an opportunity to evaluate how a changing climate and changing markets might affect Minnesota’s forests and

NRRI News Articles

Blue and white bird sits on a nesting box.

NRRI research underway to understand availability of flying insects impact to bird populations.

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Wandering bird lover settles at NRRI’s Avian Ecology Lab to grow understanding of bird migration and habitat

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Last year, in one three-hour sit on a Duluth rooftop, Steve Kolbe counted 14,000 soaring nighthawks on their annual migration south.