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Swainson's Hawk-like Rough-legged Hawks

21 February 2017 Written by
We are approaching the time of year in western North America when late wintering Rough-legged Hawks and early arriving Swainson's Hawks can be present at the same time. Particular Rough-legged Hawk morphs can have heavy bibs with lightly marked bellies and appear very Swainson's Hawk-like. This fact reminded us of…

Citizen Science: No Experience Required

16 February 2017 Written by
“Do I need a background in science?” she asked.  A woman interested in volunteering visited our office last week with this question.  She had recently had a mesmerizing experience where she watched raptors soaring overhead and was now looking for a way to get involved with our work. Among the…

Raptor Fun Facts: Bald Eagle's Bill

15 February 2017 Written by
Sponsored by Have you ever noticed that a Bald Eagle's bill is much larger than a Golden Eagle's?  The reason for this is likely quite obvious.  Fish, of course, is the main diet of a Bald Eagle, and salmon is a part of that fish diet--a significant part in the…

Where Do Canadian Ferruginous Hawks Winter?

14 February 2017 Written by
Blog by Jesse Watson In early October we blogged about the Ferruginous Hawk project one of our biologists has been involved with in southern Canada.  At that time, we posted a map showing where Ferruginous Hawks tracked from their breeding ranges in Alberta and Saskatchewan were located along their fall migration…

Winter's for the birds!

27 January 2017 Written by
Our friends at Outdoor Project recently launched their 52 Week Adventure Challenge.  They have put together a list of 52 geological features and adventure themes to keep you inspired all year. Week 5 is for the birds, and we wrote this blog post to inspire you to get outside this week…

GPS Tracking of Rough-legged Hawks

16 December 2016 Written by
Rough-legged Hawks spend the winter throughout southern Canada and the United States, and yet scientists still know surprisingly little about the basic movement patterns of this relatively common arctic-breeding raptor. One reason we know so little is that Rough-legged Hawks are thought to be “broad front” migrants, meaning they are…