What an exciting past few days! Don't forget we will be holding our Hawk Ridge Annual Member Meeting virtually tomorrow September 18th at 2:30pm Central Time with guest speaker following at 3pm. Joe Barnes, Nongame Wildlife State Specialist, Nevada Department of Wildlife will present Peregrine Falcons as a Biomonitor: A Local Study Taken to a Continental Scale. Annual meeting link with separate link for guest speaker found HERE. We hope you can join us! Please read on for count & banding highlights from the first 2 weeks of September! Happy Hawkwatching!
You can view our count live HERE!
-John Richardson, Fall Count Director
Fall Raptor Banding Update (September 1-14, 2020)
A total of 493 raptors of 8 species were banded during the first 2 weeks of September. Northern Harrier (8), Sharp-shinned Hawk (431), Cooper's Hawk (7), Northern Goshawk (5), Broad-winged Hawk (3), Red-tailed Hawk (11), American Kestrel (10), and Merlin (18). It's been a good start to September! We also welcome new banding staff - our awesome banding trainees, Jessy Wilson & Halle Lambeau, and new Owl Bander, Danny Erickson. Owl Banding started on 9/15, so we'll be sure to post updates on that soon!
* If you missed our previous newsletter, we've include it below for more information about our research, events, and other educational resources.
The fall season started August 15th and migration is well underway. 83 species have been recorded with 11 of them been raptors. 34,000 individual birds complete the August count as of writing, with 1,454 being raptors.
Of the raptors, BALD EAGLE (280) and BROAD-WINGED HAWK (743) have by far showed up in respectable numbers. The Broad-winged Hawk total is the highest since 1977.
Nevertheless, the number of NORTHERN HARRIER (39) and RED-TAILED HAWK (60) is not bad for August with the vast majority being immature birds making the maiden voyage south. Next, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (243) and AMERICAN KESTREL (19) have started up well before the bulk of those that show up in September.
The weather has been mostly warm and very dry with little rain to speak of. We had 4 days of easterly winds with fog 19th-22nd, but then all those birds that were backed up came through in droves. Most notably was Tuesday 25th when Common Nighthawks came through all day and by the end of the day we had over 27,000!
There has been the early movement of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and PURPLE FINCH, it remains to be seen if they continue in bigger numbers as the season continues.
It looks to be another
great season at Hawk Ridge already! We welcome back Nick Pusateri, Count Trainee from 2019, now as a Counter! We are excited for the staff that will be
joining us.Their wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm about birds is sure
to make it a great time for you to come up to the Ridge this fall and enjoy
some of the best migration viewing North America has to offer!
Eyes to the skies everybody!
-John Richardson, Fall Count Director
Fall Raptor Banding Update
A total of 127 raptors of 8 species have been banded through August 29th. Northern Harrier (4), Sharp-shinned Hawk (83), Northern Goshawk (2), Broad-winged Hawk (2), Red-tailed Hawk (6), American Kestrel (4), and Merlin (20). It's been a good start to the season thus far! We welcome back Abbie Valine, Banding Trainee from 2019 and longtime volunteer, now as a Bander! We're looking forward to the rest of the great banding crew joining us soon!
are continuing two of our research projects again this fall in studying
exposure to two contaminants, Polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) and
methylmercury (Hg). These are bioaccumulative toxins, which cause
reproductive failure in birds.
are also happy to be working with four great master’s students at UMD
on their raptor research (Lisa Broullette, Emily Pavlovic, Allie Pesano,
and Hannah Toutonghi) - with Allie and Hannah being former Hawk
Ridge Banding Trainees! Projects
· -Red-tailed Hawk genetics
· -Migration patterns of Sharp-shinned Hawks, Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Red-tailed Hawks using stable isotopes
· -Prey composition of raptors during migration
· -A study on Northern Hawk Owls
-Frank Nicoletti, Banding Director
The In-hand Guide to Diurnal North American Raptors authored by
renowned raptor experts Jerry Liguori, Jesse Watson, Dave Oleyar, and
Frank Nicoletti is available for purchase HERE. Hawk Ridge congratulates Frank and authors on this accomplishment!
Visitor Info for Viewing the Fall
We are excited for another fall bird
migration season at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory! We are in operation
under new safety guidelines and limited staff. Visitors are still welcome
to come out and enjoy the migration. We just ask for your compliance and
understanding with safety measures in place for the health and well being
of our staff and visitors (you included!). This will be especially important at
our main overlook, which is our primary visitor viewing area. Guidelines may
also change pending regulations mandated by local, state, federal authorities.
If you are planning to visit, please read our guidelines on our Plan Your Visit
page and they will also be posted at the Hawk Ridge main overlook.
VISIT US AT HAWK RIDGE NATURE RESERVE
9AM-4PM DAILY SEPT 1 - OCT. 31ST!
Meet Our Fall 2020 Team
We have a wonderful team for fall of
2020 of both return and new. You can find out who's who HERE
on our staff page. We are all excited to share in the migration with you whether in person or virtually!
Hawk Ridge Volunteer Program
We LOVE our volunteers and appreciate all they do. Hawk
Ridge is fortunate to have so many amazing people devote time each fall
and some throughout the year in helping with our research, education,
and stewardship efforts. With our limitations in staff, programs,
visitor services and needed safety guidelines in place, we are not able
to have our regular volunteer program this fall. We hope that any of you
that were planning or hoping to start volunteering with us this season,
please reach out again next year. Current volunteers will receive
further information from us, if we haven't already connected.
New Count Display
Last year we had a grant thanks to the Hawk Migration Association of N.A. to create a new count board and display. You may have already seen it featured on some of our Facebook posts. Thanks to the craftsmanship of Josh Yokel for building and volunteer help from David Carman and Ralph Larsen for installation!
We love our visitors, but as everyone is aware, these are exceptional times for the safety of everyone with COVID-19. We encourage visitors at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve (on road and trails) to stay safe and keep others safe by following
physical and social distancing guidelines outdoors. The National Recreation and Park Association put together a statement HERE for safe use of parks and open spaces following guidelines set by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
the the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)
passed in March, there are increased tax incentives for charitable
giving. If you itemize your taxes, the AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) limit
for charitable cash contributions has increased from 60 percent to 100
percent deducted. IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions can also be
applied. If you don't itemize your taxes, the CARES Act allows for an
additional "above the line" deduction for up to $300 for cash gifts made
to charities, like Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. Donors should consult
with their tax/legal advisor for questions on charitable giving
Hawk Ridge Virtual Annual Meeting
Please join us after the annual meeting at 3:15pm for a virtual guest research presentation, Joe Barnes, Nongame Wildlife State Specialist, Nevada Department of Wildlife will present Peregrine Falcons as a Biomonitor: A Local Study Taken to a Continental Scale. NOTE: A separate link will be shared at the end of the annual meeting to join.
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