Text by Dan Green
Well, there are only a couple of weeks left in the season and the Commissary Ridge HawkWatch crew still hasn't submitted a blog post. Fortunately, this is easy enough to fix. We've had a pretty good count so far. We have had above-average counts on most of the species we count, and for the amount of birds in general. We've seen Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles fighting in the skies, Bald Eagles and Ravens feasting on a deer carcass, a dark morph Broad-winged Hawk, several adult male Northern Harriers, and more. So it's been a great season, and I'm personally a bit sad that it's winding down.
The crew at Commissary is pretty varied in a few ways. We come from all over the country, have different interests outside of birds, and have different backgrounds.
Will Britton is from Arkansas and graduated from a private school in his hometown with a biology degree a couple of years ago. He's worked at a hawkwatch in Belize and has done some wetlands survey work in Missouri. Will is an avid birder and an ardent fan of the Denver Broncos, the Arkansas Razorbacks, and the Texas Rangers.
Frank Simeone is from New Jersey and graduated from Humboldt State University last December. He's worked quite a bit as a professional cook, but from what I gather this is his first biology job outside of some very in-depth coursework. Frank used to play in a metal band and is an extremely dedicated skier.
Dan Green is from western Washington and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in wildlife biology last December. He's done lab work in bioacoustics with chickadee alarm calls and field work on a behavioral ecology study in China. Dan enjoys running, weightlifting, and playing with toy soldiers when he isn't on a field job.
It's not too late to visit this season and experience migration. We hope you'll join us!