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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…

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…