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Raptor Club: Raptor Banding Basics


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Raptor enthusiasts unite! Join us for this virtual Raptor Club lunch and learn.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
12:00pm to 1:00pm Add to Calendar
Ages 12+


The world of banding raptors for research is a complex one, but our experienced in-house banders are ready to tell all during this virtual lunch and learn. Meet Jerry Toll and Kellie Hayden and learn how they catch, band, release, and track diurnal raptors like the Red-Tailed Hawk and nocturnal raptors like the tiny Saw-Whet Owl.

With 16 years of data, they have plenty to share about their experiences and the important role that banding plays in monitoring raptor species and the effectiveness of conservation efforts. Raptors like hawks, eagles, and owls are considered top predators and changes to their populations help us better understand the health of our environment.

This year Jerry and Kellie banded 176 diurnals and 25 saw-whets.

This event will be streamed live through Youtube here. Click to set yourself a reminder!

Jerry Toll bands a red-tailed hawk at Hitchcock Nature Center.Kellie bands a saw-whet owl at Hitchcock Nature Center.

About Raptor Club: Are you looking to expand your bird and raptor knowledge, start a new hobby, or connect with curious minds like yourself? Then join Hitchcock Nature Center's new Raptor Club! Led by local and national experts, hands-on learning opportunities, spend quality time outdoors, and great for all experience levels. Hitchcock Nature Center has been a HawkWatch site since 1991 and our volunteers play a vital role in monitoring populations and fall migration patterns every year. Learn more about Hitchcock HawkWatch today and fill out our volunteer application or email Dana Kruse for more information about joining.

2023 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

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