Event Type: Virtual Event
Open to Non-members: Yes
Members Price: $0
Non-members Price: $0
Start Time: 12/11/2022 06:30 PM
End Time: 12/11/2022 07:45 PM
Location: Virtual Event
Despite their sizes, birds of prey are considered to be some of the most challenging birds to identify in the field. This is because plumage can be variable in some species, and birds often appear different depending on what they are doing. Sometimes birds are observed from a great distance, and only shape and behavior may be available to the observer.
In this course, seasoned hawk watcher and field biologist Alex Harper will share some of the tips and tricks he has learned over the years to identify birds of prey at migratory locations and throughout North America. Of course, behavior and habitat are linked to how a bird makes a living in the world; so Alex will touch on hunting strategies and diet to give you a deeper understanding of the “context” that you may find birds of prey in. Identification is likened to solving a puzzle: the more pieces you have, the easier it is to get a fuller picture of the birds that you seek.
With winter raptor surveys coming up in January, now is a great time to polish your raptor identification skills.