Raptor families thrive


Madeline Weiss

Young Ferruginous Hawks, fluffy with white down, spend time in nest on an artificial structure built by the BLM. Their parents are out hunting to feed them.

On June 19, Saratoga local and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee Mary Read to survey raptor nests. Raptors, or birds of prey including eagles, hawks, and falcons, are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As such, the BLM has responsibilities to make sure the wildlife are safe and taken care of, that they have homes to return to when they come back from the south to nest.

The surveys are fairly uncomplicated but designed around the nature of the birds. Basically, surveyors look at the nest location on a map for a specific type of eagle, hawk or falcon. At these particular l...

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