GSB Falcons and Blogs

Memory Lane 2021: The Bachelor, Great Spirit Bluff edition

Amhran 92/X, a 2018 hatch from Skidmore Bluff in Hagar, Wisconsin. Newman invited her into his nest box, offered her a food gift, and tried to copulate with her.

We’re used to a little falcon flirting. Despite the species’ reputation for monogamy, we’ve seen and heard males display, chup at, and solicit passing females before their mates show up to chase off interlopers. But Newman was in a league of his own this year as falcon after falcon showed up to flirt and accept his food gifts. While he wasn’t really a bachelor, he seemed to enjoy the attention. Picture dead birds instead of roses, bare-knuckle brawling in place

#GivingTuesday: 2021 Budget

John Howe and friend on Xcel Energy's Monticello stack in Monticello, MN.

To help kick-off Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, November 30, we wanted to talk about what we did this year. Here are the things that your donations got done. Please donate to the Raptor Resource Project to help us continue our work in 2021 and beyond! New Projects Despite the ongoing disruption of Covid-19, we added streams at Red Wing Grain and US Bank, got the Eagle Valley camera online, improved our streaming and recording capabilities, built a new starter nest

Your Friday night nestflix: Decorah North, Decorah, the Flyway, and GSB!

November 18, 2021: Eagles on the Flyway. It is a great time to watch them - we are seeing so many eagles and swans right now!

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! Grab your snacks and drinks and get ready for the weekend with our Friday night raptor mega-roll. At Decorah North, DNF and Mr. North respond to an influx of visitors and work on this year’s penthouse addition, while white-footed mice throw a rocking harvest party in the after-dark nest! In Decorah, Mom keeps us crossing our talons with repeated sightings in and around the hatchery. C’mon Mom and DM2 – N2B and the new starter nest at

2021 Falcon Banding Report!

John Howe and friend on Xcel Energy's Monticello stack in Monticello, MN.

This year, we banded 80 falcons at 29 sites in four states: a record for us! 11 sites were on cliffs, nine were at power plants, four were at grain mills, four were on buildings in the cities of Duluth, MN; La Crosse, WI; Dubuque, IA; and Peoria, IL and one was on a water tower at 3M! Want to learn more about our falcon banding work? Follow the link to our 2021 Banding Report: https://raptorresource.org/raptorresource/pdf/2021BandingReport.pdf

2021 GSB Wrap-Up

July 26, 2021: Chance at Great Spirit Bluff

By Smitha Pisharam As fall colors get vibrant on Great Spirit bluff and flyway, Newman and Zooey are getting ready to migrate south or may already have left the area (both were last seen on cam on the 2nd of October). Wishing Newman and Zooey safe travels! We hope you enjoy this lovely GSB 2021 wrap-up, walk down the memory lane video! https://youtu.be/BzaVFKIjaEA #RaptorResourceProject #RRP #GreatSpiritBluff #GSB #ExploreOrg #PeregrineFalcons #falcons

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