HawkWatch 2012 starts Jan. 7

HawkWatch each year is the public’s opportunity to visit the Ramona Grasslands, view winter and resident raptors, and witness the winter migration of hawks, falcons and eagles.

Sponsored by Wildlife Research Institute Inc. in Ramona, HawkWatch will be every Saturday in January at 9 a.m. at institute headquarters, 18030 Highland Valley Road. Admission is free.

Institute biologists lead discussions about the life histories of the hawks, eagles and other raptors and the significance of the Ramona Grasslands ecosystem to the raptors’ survival.

Visitors will see raptors such as the golden eagle, wintering ferruginous hawk, red-tailed hawk, prairie falcon and red-shouldered hawk. Nineteen species of raptors have been recorded at this raptor hotspot.

Demonstrations of eagle trapping and tracking eagles with transmitters are among other features of the morning. Project Wildlife and Sky Hunters will have birds on site. All ages are welcome. The program lasts about three hours, and only heavy rain will cancel a Saturday tour.

HawkWatch participants are asked to bring binoculars if they have them. For large groups and more information, call 760-789-3992 or visit www.wildlife-research.org.

   
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