Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary of­fers rap­tor count­ing, hawk watch­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

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Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary of­fers Op­por­tu­ni­ties in Ver­acruz, a Rap­tor ID & Count­ing Course March 2030. Fee of $1,800 in­cludes hous­ing, food, and trans­porta­tion or Fee of $800 with­out hous­ing, food, and trans­porta­tion.

The Pronatura Ver­acruz River of Rap­tors pro­gram wit­nesses the greatest mi­gra­tion spec­ta­cle on Earth. Ev­ery fall, in cen­tral Ver­acruz Mex­ico, an av­er­age of four and a half mil­lion rap­tors from over 25 species have been counted in Pronatura’s mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions in their south­ward mi­gra­tory jour­ney! On a good day, over 100,000 mi­gra­tory rap­tors and vul­tures can cover the skies; but, dur­ing a Big Day, over 500,000 have been counted.

This rap tor count­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion course is per­fect for those that want to join a rap­tor mi­gra­tion count site or im­prove their rap­tor iden­ti­fi­ca­tions skills; it will be held dur­ing the peak of the spring mi­gra­tion March 20 to March 30, 2017, where thousands of rap­tor com­ing from their win­ter­ing grounds, stream the sky of cen­tral Ver­acruz where the train­ing course is set up.

The train­ing course will be taught by Kash­mir Wolf, of­fi­cial counter and mon­i­tor­ing co­or­di­na­tor of the Ver­acruz River of Rap­tors project. The train­ing will have dis­cus­sion hours and field prac­tice hours, dis­cus­sion will talk about dif­fer­ent is­sues and main tasks like the Ver­acruz River of Rap­tors pro­gram meth­ods and goals, rap­tor flight strate­gies, be­hav­ior of the rap­tors, etc. Field prac­tice hours we will be spent in the ob­ser­va­tion tower learn­ing all what you need to ID and count mi­gra­tory rap­tors by your own.

If in­ter­ested, con­tact Dr. Laurie Goodrich at 570943-3411 ext. 106 or goodrich@hawk­moun­tain.org.

The 2017 Pronatura-Ver­acruz River of Rap­tors Eco­tour is a Hawk-Watch­ing Ex­cur­sion that will be Sept. 27 to Oct. 5. Fee is $2800 plus air­fare ($2900 for non­mem­bers).

Hawk Moun­tain helped ini­ti­ate the Ver­acruz River of Rap­tors Project in 1991 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with HawkWatch In­ter­na­tional and Mex­i­can con­ser­va­tion­ists. Through their ef­forts, the site has grown into a world-renown mon­i­tor­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, and con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tive. The work has been led by Pronatura-Ver­acruz for more than 20 years and in 2006 they opened the first-ever bird ob­ser­va­tory-na­ture cen­ter in eastern Mex­ico.

In ad­di­tion to hawk­watch­ing, the Hawk Moun­tain tour group will ex­plore lo­cal habi­tats for some of the many species of birds to be found in cen­tral Ver­acruz. Sev­eral rap­tor species such as Lesser Yel­low-headed Vul­ture, Laugh­ing and Aplo­mado Fal­cons (see left), and Snail Kite will be seen as well as other spec­tac­u­lar birds, such as Dou­ble-striped Thick-Knee, Ver­mil­lion Fly­catcher, Blue-crowned Mot­mot, Squir­rel Cuckoo, Fer­rug­i­nous Pygmy Owl, and pos­si­bly Blue Mockingbird. The but­ter­flies in Ver­acruz are as ex­cit­ing as the birds. Lead­ers will have bird and but­ter­fly guides along for all the for­ays.

An op­tional ex­ten­sion will visit the Catemaco area in south­ern Ver­acruz, in­clud­ing the north­ern­most rain forest in the Americas. Birds to be found there in­clude White Hawk, Black Hawk-Ea­gle, Or­nate Hawk-Ea­gle, Grey­headed Kite, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Red-lored and White-fronted Par­rot, Black-and-White Owl, Long-tailed Her­mit, Vi­o­let Sabrew­ing, Vi­o­la­ceous and Col­lared Tro­gon, Keel­billed Toucan, Col­lared Aracari, and other forest birds. An­other 45 new species will be ex­pected in this ex­ten­sion.

If in­ter­ested, con­tact Dr. Laurie Goodrich at 570943-3411 ext. 106 or goodrich@hawk­moun­tain.org.

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