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Skip Ambrose grew up in Colorado and is a wildlife biologist who has been studying raptors in Alasks since the early 1970s. Starting in 1973, he focused his research on peregrine falcons along the Yukon River and within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. He has watched the peregrine population on the upper Yukon River in Alaska climb from 12 nesting pairs in 1973 to 60 pairs in 2012. His surveys make up one of the longest-running, most consistent wildlife monitoring studies ever conducted. Skip worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1977 until his retirement in 2005. Since then he has worked as an independent contractor, and every summer continues to count falcons. Despite funding drying up in 2011, Skip and his wife and fellow researcher, Chris Florian, have paid for the trips out of pocket.