Meet the Corpus Christi Crew

20 September 2017
2017 crew (from L to R standing: James Petersen, Dane Ferrell, Matt Mills. seated: Libby Even) 2017 crew (from L to R standing: James Petersen, Dane Ferrell, Matt Mills. seated: Libby Even)

Text by Matthew Mills

On the verge of migration's peak, the Corpus Christi HawkWatch crew has already tallied over 31,000 raptors for the season. Highlights include a first site record for Gray Hawk (!) and the first Aplomado Falcon since 2011. In addition, two early records have been broken this year: Bald Eagle and dark morph Broad-winged Hawk.

The 2017 crew:

  • Dane Ferrell returns for his 14th season. You've heard the term living legend? Come out and meet one.

  • Libby Even began volunteering at Corpus in 1999 and working as a counter in 2006. Dane and Libby have been coordinating the watch for many years and were married on the HawkWatch Platform in 2012.

  • Matt Mills returns for his second year at the Corpus Christi HawkWatch. Matt hails from Ontario, Canada where he helps to coordinate the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

  • Corpus Christi Rookie James Petersen brings prior counting experience from Chimney Rock Hawkwatch, New Jersey. James is our resident photographer already capturing our 2 rarities and having his Swallow-tailed Kite photo featured on the HWI Instagram page.

The crew is eagerly looking forward to this weekends 20th annual Celebration of Flight featuring live raptor shows, many children's programs, and presentations by HWI's own Jesse Watson.

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