HMANA Lunch & Learn Series: Movement of Gray Hawks
Wednesday, March 15 at 12:00 pm EST
Mike Stewart joined HMANA for our March 2023 Lunch & Learn where he discussed the findings from his masters research which was also featured an issue of Journal of Raptor Research. For his studies, he used GPS-GSM telemetry to quantify dispersal time and distance, winter home range size of juveniles, and home range size of adult Gray Hawks.
Mike became interested in birds in 2002 when a pair of Blue Jays nested outside his kitchen window. He has spent the past 20 years birding primarily in the eastern U.S. and in Texas. He retired from the Army in 2019 and attended The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he completed a MS in Biology studying Gray Hawks. He has since moved to Alice, Texas, where he is a PhD student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Mike is continuing his research with Gray Hawks and is involved with banding additional raptor species along with songbirds. He lives with his wife, Yvette, and their Green-cheeked Conure, Greenlee. In his spare time he enjoys birding close to home and participating in two banding programs run by the Institute for Bird Populations.