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Injured Raptors: What to Do

16 March 2017 Written by
Just as we were closing the office yesterday, we received a call from an individual who had watched a raptor collide with his office window.  The bird was moving but seemed to have trouble with its wing, leaving the concerned citizen afraid that the hawk was seriously injured. Unfortunately it…

Gunsight Mountain, Alaska: 2017

10 March 2017 Written by
March 7th marked the start of HawkWatch International’s second annual spring migration count at North America’s northernmost migration site: Gunsight Mountain, Alaska! Cold but clear weather highlighted the first few days of counting with temperatures reaching -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 Celsius), not an uncommon occurrence in interior Alaska this time…

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…