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Broad-winged Hawk Movement Update October 2023

After a summer of waiting we finally began to see movement updates for Ottauquechee!

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Broad-winged Hawk Research 2023

Several months of following Broad-winged Hawks around Vermont culminated in a successful trapping expedition with researchers from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Broad-winged Hawk Project.

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American Kestrel Nest Boxes

The VINS research staff are continuing our important work with American Kestrels in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Rough-legged Hawk Movement Update 7.21.22

Another unfortunate update on birds from our winter season. Two more rough legs, Champ and Lemons, were found dead in Quebec within the last few weeks. Again, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, is the likely suspect. That leaves Farr Cross, the only male bird with a backpack unit. He was the only bird to be outfitted…

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American Kestrel Research Updates From the Field – 2022 Season Wrap Up

Our kestrel monitoring season is winding down and we are just waiting on a few boxes to fledge at this point.

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Rough-legged Hawk Movement Update 6.16.22

A Rough-legged Hawk in Vermont in June?! Apparently!

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Broad-winged Hawk Research

Broad-winged Hawks are small stocky hawks of the buteo genus commonly found throughout Northeastern and North central North America. Their backs are brown and they have chestnut barring on the chest and abdomen. They have a notable black and white striped tail visible during flight. They produce a high pitched whistle call which is an easy identifier, as they are more secretive during nesting season. Though they can be spotted in the thousands during migration. These huge flocks are called kettles.

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Rough-legged Hawk Movement Update 4.18.22

Spring may finally be upon us, despite forecasts calling for snow in the coming week, and our Rough-legged Hawks are back in Canada continuing to move north for breeding in the arctic.

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VINS & Landmark College Collaboration Reflection

Landmark students set out to uncover the mystery of how many sex chromosomes individual birds contain in their cells and ultimately, run gel electrophoresis to determine the sex of some of VINS Raptor Ambassadors.

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Rough-legged Hawk Spring 2022 Movement Updates

Spring migration is just beginning across the state and birds are on the move!

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