Monthly Archives: November 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Image for Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! As we approach the end of 2020, all of us at the Raptor Resource Project want to thank you, our supporters. Even in a very difficult year, you were there for us and for the birds you love – sharing them with captures, videos, observations, and comments, caring for them in your backyards and neighborhoods, and supporting our mission to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, expand participation in raptor conservation, and educate people around the world about raptors

2020 Newsletter: Message from the Director

2020 Newsletter: RRP Director John Howe

Read the 2020 Newsletter | Download the 2020 Newsletter Welcome! The Raptor Resource Project had an interesting and rewarding year despite the Covid-19 pandemic. While it turned our human families and routines upside down, things didn’t change much for the raptor families that we watch. On reflection, much of what affects us might not raise a feather in the natural world. But much of what we do has serious consequences for the wildlife around us. Our mission of education, stewardship,

2020 Newsletter: Education Update

Teaching with Eagles

By Lori Carnes The Raptor Resource Project launched a sister website,, to provide educator-crafted learning materials for students of all ages. Educators can remix lesson plans or share them as they are. We have 35 lessons right now, including 11 Google Classroom-ready lessons, and are adding more. How did I find the time to teach about bald eagles? Many of our lessons don’t teach bald eagles, but teach core concepts through bald eagles. When I taught collective nouns, I

2020 Newsletter, Featured Partner: Great River Energy

Newsletter 2020: Brenda Geisler holds a nestling falcon

When Great River Energy decided to close its Elk River facility, Brenda Geisler, a 20-year Great River Energy employee and resident raptor expert, immediately started work on relocating the plant’s nest box. “A lot of co-ops are experiencing plant retirements and a lot have peregrine nests,” she says. “Moving this nest is a way to keep this a legacy for this plant and others.” To find the right accommodations in time for the birds’ 2020 return, Geisler assembled a 24-member

2020 Newsletter, Project Spotlight: Camera Work!

Amy paints the new camera mounts at N1

The Raptor Resource Project installs cameras in September. This year, we replaced three cameras and two microphones at N2B, two cameras and one microphone at N1, and one camera and two microphones at Decorah North. We also cleaned the cameras we didn’t replace, did some trimming in and around the nests, covered the cables at N1, worked with a videographer to collect footage for educational videos, and purchased a new computer for 4K video processing in Decorah. Why do we

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