OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK A handful of hawk
The west wind was pushing hawks toward Duluth's Hawk Ridge on Sunday. Lots of folks were on hand to see a few kettles (spiraling groups) of broad-winged hawks, a few bald eagles and lots of sharp-sh... Posted on 9/12/10 at 2:32 PM
There’s a rock in a field along Grand Forks County Road 33 just east of Gilby. It’s a good-sized rock, and the landscape is pretty close to completely flat. That makes the rock a kind of landmark. It’s also an attractive perch for birds.
Tim Driscoll of Grand Forks is a certified raptor authority and director of the Urban Raptor Research Project. He spends hours afield trapping and banding Cooper’s hawks, red-tailed hawks and other raptors, collaborating with researchers in other parts of North America.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved the plan to place the turbines on 32,000 acres of land in Goodhue County. But, county Commissioner Ron Allen says regulators failed to consider an avian study that says the turbines would interfere with habitat for eagles, hawks and other birds.
Monday’s presentations in Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School were the first of nine raptor programs The Raptor Center is making in this week northwestern Minnesota with help from the Agassiz Audubon Society.
Raptor Center brings live birds to Warren-Alvarado-Oslo students as part of northwest Minnesota swing Mike Billington has a knack for working a room, even when it’s an auditorium filled with more than 200 junior high and high school students. His stellar cast of feathered stars, birds of prey all of them, has a lot to do with that.
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