GSB Falcons and Blogs

2019 Memory Lane Countdown, #6: Falcon Carson Came Back!

August 5, 2019: Carson at Great Spirit Bluff

It was a tough year at Great Spirit Bluff. A great horned owl killed falcon Kira on June 9 and a blackfly swarm drove falcon Carson from the nest on June 11. Our camera operators quickly found his spunky screeing self in the brush below the nest. We verified he was alright and settled down to watch as Mom Michelle and Dad Newman dropped a veritable buffet of bird parts on his head and chased away the potential predators that

A Reflection and a Thanksgiving

John on rappel at GSB

A Thanksgiving message from the Raptor Resource Project.  A lot has changed since I wrote this in 2016, but we remain true to our core mission and I am even more thankful today for RRP and our volunteers and supporters than I was in 2016.  I found myself in an unusually reflective mood earlier this week. November 23rd was Bob Anderson’s birthday. It seemed like a good time to take stock of where the Raptor Resource Project has been, where

Birds and Nest-Building

A blackbird's cup nest

When I say ‘bird’s nest’, you know the type of nest I’m talking about, right? It could be a bald eagle’s stick platform high up in the branches of a tree. Or perhaps a peregrine falcon’s scrape in dirt, sand, or gravel on a shallow cliff ledge. Or maybe the burrows that bank swallows and belted kingfishers excavate in dirt, the cavity nests that woodpeckers excavate in dead wood, or the woven nests that orioles and weavers build. When I

On Migration

September 2019: Migrating Birds on the Mississippi Flyway

At whatever moment you read these words, day or night, there are birds aloft in the skies of the Western Hemisphere, migrating. If it is spring or fall, the great pivot points of the year, then the continents are swarming with billions of traveling birds… – Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds We get a lot of questions about migration. Do the Decorah eagles migrate? Do our Peregrine falcons migrate? Where do they go when they

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