Education and Blogs

Egg Colors and Shapes

The Chicago Peregrine Program inspired me to write a quick blog on the colors and shapes of eggs. Bald eagles have white eggs, peregrine falcons have eggs that range from light cream through brick red, and red-tailed hawks have pale eggs that are lightly splotched with brown. How and why do the birds we watch lay differently-colored and shaped eggs? In general, female birds inherit egg colors and patterns from their female parents. Egg-shell is made primarily of calcium carbonate,

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a buteo!

Red-Tailed Hawk, Credit Sophia Landis

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a buteo! But what is a buteo? Buteos are a scientific grouping of hawks characterized by broad wings, short tails, and an overall robust build, which combine to form a bird perfectly suited for soaring. Buteos will sometimes soar for great lengths of time together in large groups called kettles, particularly during periods of migration. Have you seen a buteo before? If you’ve seen a Red-tailed Hawk, then the answer is yes! The

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan: Labeling

The Raptor Resource Project is proud to announce a new website with lesson plans written by teachers, for teachers, at no cost to teachers! Visit to access our plans and a video library. Thanks to Lori Carnes, Deb Ripple, Emily Neal, and Meg Storkamp for their hard work and dedication. We’ll be adding more plans and welcome feedback on the website or the plans themselves. Please email Amy Ries at [email protected] with comments, questions, or suggestions.