Raptor Workshop at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Last Wednesday, I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia to a Migrating Raptors Identification workshop.

It was the one of the coolest workshops I had ever attended. Not only did we get to see live raptors close up but also dead ones.  Hawks, Falcons and Vultures who had slammed in to windows or hit by cars, We studied by the workshop participants. We treated the deceased birds with the utmost respect.

Broad-winged Hawk (platypterus) foot

Before we saw the live birds, we were able to examine the wings, feet, markings and size of the dead birds. It gave me an understanding of the field marks that I see on the live birds.

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) – mature female

Below are some of the photos I took of the birds, some dead, some alive. I didn’t include anything too gruesome. Okay, one foot of a Red-tailed Hawk is a bit icky, but the photo was too educational to leave out. But, we can learn so much by just looking. Take a look at the slideshow below and click my name on the slideshow screen to go to the Flickr set on all the photos.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

 

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