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Pilchuck Audubon Society June Program Meeting
Jun 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Pilchuck Audubon Society’s June Program Meeting features a presentation on Seattle’s Adaptable Urban Cooper’s Hawks by Ed Deal. Cooper’s Hawks began colonizing urban and suburban landscapes 25 years ago throughout the United States, evolving a tolerance for living in proximity to humans. Ed Deal, from the Urban Raptor Conservancy, will provide insights into these common but elusive raptors, covering the breeding season with photos and videos. The Seattle study, one of several in large U.S. cities (e.g., Tucson, Milwaukee, Albuquerque), is monitoring the local population nesting density and annual productivity. In addition, a color ID banding program looks at fledgling dispersal, longevity, and adult breeding site and winter site fidelity. The results include annual increases in productivity, little evidence of migration, strong site fidelity and (mostly) short natal dispersal distances.