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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…

Raptor Fun Facts: Ultraviolet Sensors

21 June 2017 Written by
Sponsored by   Did you know that some species of raptor can see ultraviolet light?  This is helpful because small mammals such as voles and mice mark their tracks with urine, and urine is a substance that reflects ultraviolet light.  Because of this, some raptors are able to see the…

Raptor Fun Facts: Osprey

05 June 2017 Written by
Sponsored by   Did you know that Ospreys have specialized feet for grasping fish?  Osprey have acutely curved talons, and the bottom of their feet have tiny spines called "spicules" that help them maintain a firm grip on slippery fish, their main prey.  While most raptors have three toes in…

Raptor Fun Facts: Built-in Gyroscopes

03 April 2017 Written by
Sponsored by   Have you ever watched a raptor perched on a windy day, hover in the air or perch on an object that is unstable or wobbly?  Next time you see one in this type of scenario, check out how their body moves back and forth while their head…