Team leader: Frank Nicoletti
Team name: Frank Nicoletti and the Hawk Ridge Spring Counters
Date: April 17 (April 18 back up)
We invite you to please sponsor Frank Nicoletti & the Hawk Ridge Spring Counters in the 2021 Raptorthon to support Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA)!
Spring has arrived and we’re happy to be back counting all the migrating birds at the West Skyline Spring Count here in Duluth, MN! One of the ongoing events to mark this welcome the spring migration is the annual Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) Raptorthon. The goal of the Raptorthon is to count the maximum number of raptor species within a 24-hour period of time. The proceeds raised are split between the participant’s hawkwatch site of choice and HMANA.
Hawk Ridge has been monitoring the fall bird migration since the 1950’s, but did you know that the West Skyline Hawk Count Site ranks as one of the top in the US for numbers and diversity of raptors during the spring migration? An average of 26,000 raptors of 16 species is counted each spring. This includes a record-breaking season total of 7,727 Bald Eagles counted, as well as a world record 1-day high count of 1,076 Bald Eagles on March 21st, 2019!
April is perhaps the best time to see the wide variety and ages of raptors traveling through on their way north. We invite you to join Frank & the Hawk Ridge Spring Counters on the Raptorthon count day (Saturday, April 17th) and learn from one of America’s well-known birding experts! The 2021 Raptorthon will also be taking place during our Spring Migration Weekend Workshop. For more information on how to register for this full event or any of the field trips/sessions a la carte, please click HERE (note: space is limited, so be sure to register today!)