Winthrop, WA— This year’s Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Project got underway in late August. Chelan Ridge is one of a network of sites established to better understand raptor ecology. Biologists count and capture hawks, falcons, and eagles that are migrating through central Washington in autumn.
Biologists measure and band the birds that are caught. Then, before the birds are released to continue their migration, area students have an opportunity to see them. For most students, this is the first time they have seen a wild raptor up close. Volunteer interpreters talk about the relationships between soil, fire, climate, and biological communities.
North Central Washington’s Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Project, is an ongoing partnership of State, Federal, and private partners including Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hawkwatch International and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Each day, volunteers keep a record of the birds they have seen. The daily Raptor Tally Board also provides a count of birds captured for banding. Below is a list of this seasons count so far.
2012 Season Count to Date 2012 Season Banding to Date
The annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival is taking place on Saturday, September 8th this year. It is held at the Memorial Park in Pateros Washington. This fun and educational event includes vendors at the park and shuttle rides to the ridge.
Regular updates from the Raptor Tally Board, will be posted to twitter at www.twitter.com/OkaWenNF.
For more information about this weekend’s Hawk Migration Festival, please call Bridget Egan, Festival Coordinator at 509-433-7306.