Raptor chicks!

Peregrine Falcon chicks

Peregrine Falcon chicks (photo provided by Joe Racette)

Last Friday I had a great trip up the lake, exploring the shoreline and checking out the raptor nests.  I saw bald eagles at Split Rock and ospreys in Otter Creek.  The peregrine falcons weren’t sitting at their usual perch but it was evident from the white wash that they’ve been there.  It will be fun to watch the young as they grow and fledge.  I’m going to get on the water more so I can watch the baby eagles learn to fly…

On August 1st we’ll all have a chance to learn more about the history of the raptors on the lake.   I’m hosting Joe Racette  who is going to do a presentation at the Westport Heritage House at 7:30 on August 1st.  Joe coordinated DEC monitoring of raptor nesting in the Adirondack/Lake Champlain region for more than 10 years.  He will discuss the population recovery of eagles, osprey, and peregrine falcons from Endangered status, and results of the ongoing monitoring of raptors conducted by DEC and volunteers.  Don’t miss this great chance to learn from a great speaker about our aerial neighbors.

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