Grant received for HawkWatch and partners to research effects of climate change on American Kestrels

24 May 2017
The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a team of researchers, led by Boise State University biological sciences professor Julie Heath, a four-year, $1.7 million grant to monitor the effects of climate change on American kestrels and develop a modeling system that can be used broadly to predict how other…

Letter to Utah Congressional Delegation in support of maintaining and strengthening the Endangered Species Act

24 May 2017
April 2017 My name is Paul Parker and I am the Executive Director of HawkWatch International. I am writing to you today to share my thoughts about the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to urge you to ensure its continued viability and utilization as one of our country’s most important…

Injured Raptors: What to Do

16 March 2017
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
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…

Swainson's Hawk-like Rough-legged Hawks

21 February 2017
We are approaching the time of year in western North America when late wintering Rough-legged Hawks and early arriving Swainson's Hawks can be present at the same time. Particular Rough-legged Hawk morphs can have heavy bibs with lightly marked bellies and appear very Swainson's Hawk-like. This fact reminded us of…

Citizen Science: No Experience Required

16 February 2017
“Do I need a background in science?” she asked.  A woman interested in volunteering visited our office last week with this question.  She had recently had a mesmerizing experience where she watched raptors soaring overhead and was now looking for a way to get involved with our work. Among the…

Raptor Fun Facts: Built-in Gyroscopes

03 April 2017
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…

Raptor Fun Facts: Osprey

05 June 2017
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: Ultraviolet Sensors

21 June 2017
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: Bald Eagle's Bill

15 February 2017
Sponsored by Have you ever noticed that a Bald Eagle's bill is much larger than a Golden Eagle's?  The reason for this is likely quite obvious.  Fish, of course, is the main diet of a Bald Eagle, and salmon is a part of that fish diet--a significant part in the…