RaptorPedia

Pennsylvania Farmland Raptor Project

Help save farm friendly raptors

JOIN THE NETWORK or Just Learn More
Watch a video, courtesy of Berks Co TV
Report a sighting now using the online form link:

Online Sightings Form Button


Soaring over your farm or field could be the grassland raptor we're searching for. The Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Short-eared Owl and Northern Harrier prefer this landscape  and can benefit landowners as well:

  • Raptors on your property indicate a healthy environment
  • Raptors prey on rodents, snakes and large insects
  • Less rodents and insects mean you can reduce the amount of pesticides used
  • Raptors are impressive to watch and fun to identify
  • Improve habitat at home--and maybe make some money!

Why are farmland raptors in decline?

  • Habitat loss
  • Increase in development
  • Changes in farming practices
  • Less food due to increased pesticide use
  • Increase in poisoning due to increase in pesticide use 

How you can help:  

Landowners are key to helping us better understand the four focus birds and their distribution. You can help by...

The 4 Focus Species of the Pennsylvania Farmland Raptor Project:

A description of each bird is provided, as well as information about nesting and other special characteristics that may help you make a positive ID. They are fun to watch in summer or in winter, and we hope that your experience with these birds is just as beneficial for you as it is for our research. Thank you for your partnership! 

Farmland Raptor Coloring pages 

Report Your Sightings

Landowners may report any sightings using our online tool or a simple paper form. Sightings and nest locations will be compiled to provide us with important breeding and wintering information.

Online Sightings Form Button

Download and Print the Paper Form Now
Report Your Sighting Online Now

Project Sponsors

This project is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Wild Resource Conservation Program. Assisting in the project are Pennsylvania Game Commission Biologists working on barn owl distribution through the Barn Owl Conservation Initiative. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will provide a FREE barn owl box on the ideal habitat.

MT Bank