Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Raptor Migration Across the Country

We thought it would be fun to share raptor counts at four different location across the country: the Goshutes in NV, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in CA, Hawk Ridge in MN, and Hawk Mountain in PA.  Each location has great information on their websites with blogs/interpretation as well as daily counts.  It's fun to compare and contrast what species and how many  are counted on any given day.

Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in San Francisco, CA

For Tuesday, Sept 30,
Total Sightings: 698
Total Species: 13

Species Counts:
Turkey Vulture: 40
Osprey: 1
White-tailed Kite: 1
Northern Harrier: 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 346
Cooper's Hawk: 109
Red-shouldered Hawk: 25
Broad-winged Hawk: 37
Swainson's Hawk: 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 80
American Kestrel: 2
Merlin: 2
Peregrine Falcon: 1

Goshutes in Nevada
This site had a Hawk-alypse September 26.  One of the biggest single count days on record for them! The sky sailed with 996 accipiters, followed by 679 buteos. They doubled their Swainson's hawk count in one day and saw 45 broad-winged hawks. Vultures came in third with 293, mostly kettles of 30 to 50 birds each and 203 falcons. And in the mix of hundreds of migrants, a Mississippi kite was spotted.

Hawk Ridge, Duluth, MN
A recap of Sept 23-30 
Most of the last week has been warm with clear skies and southerly winds, but good numbers of Sharp-shinned Hawks and other early season species have been moving through anyway, including 863 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 95 American Kestrels, and 16 Peregrine Falcons on the 28th when the temperature hit 80 degrees!

This is one of the most well-known raptor migration spots.  Sept 26 had Sharp-shinned hawks and Broad-winged hawks making up two of their main species seen that day. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Links to TRC Recent TV Appearances

Here is a link to the KARE11 piece from Sept 25, where we talked about our upcoming Raptor Release event, and invite you all to come help us celebrate our 40 years.  Gail Buhl, our education program manager appeared with Maxime the bald eagle. 

Kim Insley also tweeted a pic - thank you!

WCCO-TV came out to our location on the St Paul campus of the University of Minnesota to film this piece.  Dr. Julia Ponder, Gail, some of our volunteers, Maxime the bald eagle and others of our winged ambassadors, talked about TRC's 40 years.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TRC on WCCO - and What You Can Do at our Fall Raptor Release

TRC will appear on WCCO-TV tonight at 6:00 p.m.  Dr. Julia Ponder, our executive director, will speak about our past 40 years, and what we have planned for the future!

We hope to see you at our Fall Raptor Release event.  Watching the rehabilitated raptors being released are certainly highlights, but there are other fun things to do, too!

To celebrate The Raptor Center's 40th Anniversary, here are 40 fun things to do at the event!

1. See raptors being released back to the wild
2. Take a photo class with your iPhone (children)
3. Take a photo lesson w/your cameras (adults) Friday and Saturday (We apologize - these classes are postponed.  We'll let you know when they are rescheduled).
4. Take a free class titled “Drawn to Raptors” with artist Vera Ming Wong
5. Visit the St. Croix Valley Bench at Carpenter which is part of the St. Croix Valley Bench Project
6. Take a hay wagon ride
7. Buy some freshly-picked apples
8. Pick some fresh apples to take home
9. See The Raptor Center’s Raptor Ambassadors, including a 40 year old turkey vulture
10. Buy a fresh apple pie from a local 4-H group
11. Visit the 3M table in the pavilion
12. Learn about environmentally sustainable landscape architecture
13. Play a game with Leave no Trace!
14. Have a great meal by the Lions Club (proceeds donated locally)
15. Enjoy some freshly-roasted nuts from Nuttin’ Like It!
16. Bring your used ink jet cartridges to be recycled by The Raptor Center.
17. Stop by the Raptor Center's gift tent to pick up a book or gift or clothing
18. Enjoy a cookie donated by 3M
19. See how an event like this can happen with zero waste!
20. Enjoy the beauty of what Carpenter Nature Center has to offer in the fall
21. Learn about chemistry from the 3M Wizards
22. Learn about the history of falconry
23. Learn about monarch butterflies with the Monarch Lab from the University of Minnesota.
24. Try a Nordic Walking Program at 10:00 a.m.
25. Find the sculpture created by local artist Dale Lewis
26. Enjoy free parking
27. Stop by and listen to a Carpenter Nature Center intern share his experience
28. Take photos of the education birds up close (eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls)
29. Talk with the expert staff of the raptor center and learn more
30. See the Raptor Center ‘s wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers in action
31. Learn how you can help The Raptor Center’s “Text to Give” program.
32. Stop by and learn about the Minnesota Ornithologists Union
33. Hike along some of Carpenter Nature Center's 15 miles of trails.
34. Visit Carpenter Nature Center education reptiles and amphibians
35. Visit with Future First booth in the pavilion
36. Check out The Raptor Center’s new 40th Anniversary merchandise
37. Apple Sampling at Carpenter Nature Center’s apple shack and learn about sustainably grown apples
38. Live animal presentations on the stage beginning at 11:00 and 1:30
39. Pumpkin picking
40. Celebrate 40 years of rehabilitating raptors!