Broad-winged Hawk Project
Tracking the Movements - Meet the Birds
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About the Project: Join us as we track the amazing journey of the broad-winged hawk
from space using satellite telemetry technology, and together we'll
trace the movements of this long-distance migrant from Pennsylvania to
Central and South America, and back. This study marks the first time a telemetry unit has ever been placed on a
juvenile broadwing. Hawk Mountain is grateful to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for its State Wildlife Grant, and support from ATAS International, the East Stroudsburg University Research Grant, Pennsylvania Audubon, and other private donors and supporters on Indiegogo for making this work possible.
Project Background and Photos from the Field
Kinzua from the Allegheny National Forest
Dr. Laurie Goodrich and the final tagged bird from 2016, Fiera
One of Ridgena's young getting ready to leave the nest
Photo Credit: Lisa Bean
Patty from Radio Tower Road
David and Rosalie
USGS band from Ridgena who was re-trapped in 2016
Rebecca and Ridgena
East Stroudsburg University field assistant Cassie Baun releasing Rachel Carson
Rosalie from River of Rocks
9.5 gram solar PTT
Marc Bechard with adult
Marc Bechard with tagged female adult
Bechard and Barber
Marc Bechard and David Barber attach a unit to a juvenile
Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade
Capturing the moment of his first encounter with a Broad-winged Hawk
East Stroudsburg University field assistant Randy Farley holding Pocono Penny from Stoney Acres
Juvenile broadwing with tag
All birds received leg bands
Checking out the video footage on the ground during installation
Sarah Mann (project donor) and Dr. Laurie Goodrich
A juvenile broadwing
Caliper used to measure beak
Corinne and Chenango
Broadwing field assistant Corinne Campbell Schall getting ready to release Chenango in September 2015
The Broadwing Project Field Crew in the Poconos
Beautiful shot of the tail!
Field assistant Zach Bordner with a juvenile
Rebecca holds a juvenile
Rebecca McCabe with a juvenile
Rebecca and Laurie
Rebecca McCabe and project supervisor Laurie Goodrich with a juvenile
Nestling ready to return to its nest
Inside a Broadwing nest
Rebecca and Laurie with adult female from Hawk Mountain
Determining eye color
Rebecca and the Met-Ed Crew post nest camera installation
A big THANK YOU to Met-Ed for volunteering their time and allowing us to use a bucket truck to install a nest camera in Shartlesville
Broadwing Volunteer Rob Feldman holding Broadwing from French Creek
Ridgena with backpack on
Photo Credit: Zach Bordner
Banding in the field
Each autumn the Broad-winged Hawk vacates North America, traveling thousands of miles to winter in Central and South America. Although highly secretive and rarely seen during nesting, broadwings are conspicuous during migration, forming impressive flocks that number thousands of birds. Nearly the entire world's population will pass through eastern Mexico and Central America on their way to southern wintering areas, and all concentrated into a two-week period.
The amazing concentration and the different cultures and landscapes encountered makes migration a dangerous journey. Threats during migration and on the wintering grounds include shooting, deforestation, contaminants and more. And, despite the abundance of migration data, still very little is known about their habitat use, migration, wintering and nesting behavior, and conservation threats. Such data are critical to the long-term conservation of this iconic migrant and its migration spectacle.
We need to learn more about the Broad-winged Hawk and its ecology during the breeding, migration and wintering periods in order to protect this secretive yet common woodland raptor, and to conserve its amazing migration for future generations.
The Broad-winged Hawk nests throughout northeast and northcentral forests, but faces threats and challenges throughout its life cycle and may be in decline in some regions. By expanding our understanding of this amazing long-distance migrant, we can ensure it continues to fill the skies each autumn and spring.
Premier Sponsor: Pennsylvania Game Commission State Wildlife Grant
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How You Can Help
Funds are needed to tag broadwings during 2016 to expand the dataset during our third and final year of tagging. Donors at the $5,000 level can name a bird or opt to support the project at another level. Learn more now or contact Dr. Laurie Goodrich at 570-943-3411570-943-3411 x106 or email@example.com.
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