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Broad-winged Hawk Project


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Sponsor this Work Now: Contact Dr. Laurie Goodrich at 570-943-3411570-943-3411  x106 or goodrich@hawkmountain.org to learn more about sponsor opportunities. Or, make an online gift now. Simply select "Research" option and write "Broadwing Project" in the comments.

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
    Kinzua from the Allegheny National Forest
  • Dr. Laurie Goodrich and the final tagged bird from 2016, Fiera
    Dr. Laurie Goodrich and the final tagged bird from 2016, Fiera
  • One of Ridgena's young getting ready to leave the nest
    One of Ridgena's young getting ready to leave the nest

    Photo Credit: Lisa Bean

  • Patty from Radio Tower Road
    Patty from Radio Tower Road
  • David and Rosalie
    David and Rosalie
  • USGS band from Ridgena who was re-trapped in 2016
    USGS band from Ridgena who was re-trapped in 2016
  • Rebecca and Ridgena
    Rebecca and Ridgena
  • The release!
    The release!

    East Stroudsburg University field assistant Cassie Baun releasing Rachel Carson

  • Rosalie from River of Rocks
    Rosalie from River of Rocks
  • 9.5 gram solar PTT
    9.5 gram solar PTT
  • Marc Bechard with adult
    Marc Bechard with adult

    Marc Bechard with tagged female adult

  • Bechard and Barber
    Bechard and Barber

    Marc Bechard and David Barber attach a unit to a juvenile

  • Tools of the trade
    Tools of the trade

    Tools of the trade

  • Capturing the moment of his first encounter with a Broad-winged Hawk
    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
    Juvenile broadwing

    Juvenile broadwing with tag

  • Leg bands
    Leg bands

    All birds received leg bands

  • Checking out the video footage on the ground during installation
    Checking out the video footage on the ground during installation

    Sarah Mann (project donor) and Dr. Laurie Goodrich

  • Juvenile broadwing2
    Juvenile broadwing2

    A juvenile broadwing

  • Measuring beak
    Measuring beak

    Caliper used to measure beak

  • Corinne and Chenango
    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
    The Broadwing Project Field Crew in the Poconos
  • Beautiful shot of the tail!
    Beautiful shot of the tail!
  • Zach Bordner
    Zach Bordner

    Field assistant Zach Bordner with a juvenile

  • Rebecca holds a juvenile
    Rebecca holds a juvenile

    Rebecca McCabe with a juvenile

  • Rebecca and Laurie
    Rebecca and Laurie

    Rebecca McCabe and project supervisor Laurie Goodrich with a juvenile

  • Broadwing nestling
    Broadwing nestling

    Nestling ready to return to its nest

  • Inside a Broadwing nest
    Inside a Broadwing nest
  • Rebecca and Laurie with adult female from Hawk Mountain
    Rebecca and Laurie with adult female from Hawk Mountain

    Determining eye color

  • Rebecca and the Met-Ed Crew post nest camera installation
    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
    Broadwing Volunteer Rob Feldman holding Broadwing from French Creek
  • Ridgena with backpack on
    Ridgena with backpack on

    Photo Credit: Zach Bordner

  • Banding in the field
    Banding in the field

The Purpose
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.

Sponsor Opportunities

Premier Sponsor: Pennsylvania Game Commission State Wildlife Grant

We thank our generous sponsors:

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Several generous,
private donors

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 goodrich@hawkmountain.org.

Other Ways You Can Help
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