Notes from the Field

A Snowy Spring: Gunsight HawkWatch Mid-season Update

We are halfway through our spring migration count at Gunsight Mountain HawkWatch! Our counters, Arthur and Cory, sent over an update for you on how this season’s count is coming along—and spoiler alert—the snow never stops! Despite the challenging weather, our counters report some surprises that keep hawkwatching interesting. We are amidst an Alaskan winter …

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Why Maintaining Nest Boxes is Important

Each year, our team at HawkWatch International, including our volunteer community scientists, monitors around 100 pairs of nesting kestrels that use boxes in our network of 500+ in northern Utah, Moscow/Pullman area, and Tucson, Arizona. This effort is part of an ongoing long-term demographic study that includes data from 800+ nesting attempts and over 2,600 …

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In Pursuit of Australia’s Red Goshawk

Back in June 2017, a keen, early-career raptor researcher from Australia reached out to HWI with interest in volunteering on the migration network. At the time, Chris MacColl worked as a threatened species biologist for Rio Tinto in Weipa, Queensland, Australia, and hoped to visit the USA in late fall to gain some hands-on raptor experience. This …

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