Center for Conservation Biology

Small black and tan dog stands on log in the woods


Filson joined the pack at the beginning of 2017, and was breaking hearts left and right. Just look at that face! His adorable little ears and fluffy tail made everyone fall in love with him. He needed time to train, though, so he spent the year getting used to our style of work. At the kennel, Filson loves to play with any dog that will put up with him! He also loves all the handlers, and will show his affection by gently holding your hand in his mouth. Filson quickly showed his aptitude for all our training methods, and is always excited to show off his new skills. After a few short months, Filson proved he was ready for the field! In his first study, he helped HawkWatch International by conducting roadside surveys looking for animal carcasses that might cause mortalities of hawks and eagles. He was joined by his handler, Rachel, and friend #CK9Beckett! This study challenged his focus and drive, but he was dedicated to doing the best job!