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Meet the Commissary Ridge Crew

22 September 2017 Written by
Text and photos by Will Britton Commissary Ridge HawkWatch is entering it’s 4th week and things are starting to heat up raptor-wise. Weather-wise, things are seriously cooling down after a warm first couple weeks. In typical Commissary Ridge fashion, we have donned layer upon layer to count migrant raptors. The…

Meet the Corpus Christi Crew

20 September 2017 Written by
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:…

Djibouti Project Update

18 September 2017 Written by
This autumn we set out to conduct the first-ever full migration season raptor monitoring at the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait in remote northern Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa. This site is expected to be perhaps the largest migratory bottleneck along the Eurasia – East Africa flyway, with at least 32 raptor…

Smoke Looms at Bonney Butte

12 September 2017 Written by
Text and photos by Caleb Hansen Few workplaces are as beautiful and inspiring as the austerity of the Bonney Butte HawkWatch in Mt. Hood National Forest. In the days it has been visible, Mt. Hood has been at the forefront of my imagination. The sight of an adult Golden Eagle…

Meet the 2017 Manzanos Crew

11 September 2017 Written by
Text by Sarah Hecocks Greetings from the Manzano Mountains HawkWatch! Two weeks in and things are really starting to pick up as far as fall migration goes. As I type the words you’re reading, the cool westward winds whip and blow the canvas of our wall tent that the crew…

Meet the 2017 Goshutes Crew

11 September 2017 Written by
Text and photos by Casey Weissburg Fall migration is well underway here at the Goshute Mountains HawkWatch, as we enter our fourth week of counting with over 1,300 raptors migrated already, and almost 150 trapped and banded, including our first Golden Eagle of the season, three Northern Goshawks, and even…