Winter

02/01
2015

January Prey – Vole

  It was brought to my attention that we often focus so much on top predators that we forget about the little guys. The various prey species raptors and other… Read more »




01/04
2015

December Raptor – Merlin

  In many ways Merlins (Falco columbarius) are like miniature versions of Peregrine Falcons: aggressive aerial predators often taking prey larger than themselves. Merlins are just slightly larger than the… Read more »




03/01
2014

February Raptor – Rough-legged Hawk

  Our raptor for February 2014 is the Rough-legged Hawk. This time of year always makes me a bit sad as I know the Roughies are making their way poleward,… Read more »




12/18
2013

Week 50 – Rough-legged Hawk

  What’s even better than photographing your first Rough-legged Hawk? How about trapping one and getting to see it up-close-and-personal! I made an unofficial rule at the beginning of this… Read more »




03/12
2012

A Field Guide to Aging and Sexing Rough-Legged Hawks

Am I becoming obsessed with Rough-Legged Hawks? Perhaps, but for good reasons I swear! There is relatively little known about the year-round ecology and life history traits of this high… Read more »




02/29
2012

Winter Raptors: Part 4

It is with some sadness that I must admit the purely fun part of my thesis research at Boise State University’s Raptor Biology program is now deceased. I ask: what… Read more »




02/10
2012

Dark Northern Harrier Update

  I wanted to quickly update everyone on the reaction we’ve been receiving from experts regarding the dark Northern Harrier Rob Miller, Liz Urban, and I saw last month in… Read more »




02/04
2012

Winter Owls

As many of you already know, the 2011-2012 winter has been a great one for owls. Especially Snowy Owls. I was lucky enough to make it out to Nampa, Idaho… Read more »




01/11
2012

Do Dark Northern Harriers Exist?

Three times every winter I drive road transects looking for raptors with other biologists for my Master’s Thesis work at Boise State University. Monday January 9, 2012 was one of… Read more »




01/08
2012

Winter Raptors: Part 3

From what I have been hearing around the country, Boise Idaho is not the only place receiving record low totals of snow fall this winter. Maybe it is just going… Read more »