Three Connecticut Hawks Part of Migratory Study, You Can Follow Them South
I'm a sucker for shows about animals and wildlife and the good people that help them survive this stupid world. I loved being educated by Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Sir David Attenborough's body of beautiful work, and the great Steve Irwin.
Connecticut isn't that hospitable to wildlife, our dense human population takes care of that. But every day lately, you read about more bear sightings in Brookfield, coyotes in Southbury and Waterbury, and Moose in the Northwest corner. We have visits from the bigger animals, but it seems like they don't stick around.
Seasonal migrations take wildlife great distances at times. This morning I saw a interesting post on Facebook that local wildlife rehabilitator Christine's Critter's had posted about a trio of broad-winged hawks that recently were in New Milford. A group of conservators are tracking their journey South, and it's a cool story.
The Broad-Winged Hawk Project is a current study underway by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, where collaborators across the Eastern and Northeast US have trapped, tagged, and released broad-winged hawks in an effort to learn more about migratory routes and identify the challenges and threats along the way.
This morning, the Broad-Winged Hawk Project announced that starting soon, they will post a link that will allow you to track the progress of 3 broad-winged hawks as they migrate South. The 3 hawks were captured and tagged by Larry Fischer outside of New Milford, according to an article that Fischer wrote on hawkmountain.org.
One of the hawks, named CU Home by Fischer in honor of three former members of NorthEast Hawk Watch, has already made it's way from New Milford to Springfield, NY, and then all the way down into Virginia since the end of August. The other two Connecticut hawks are named Firoke and Frankie.
You can watch. donate, or even sponsor the hawk's journey by clicking HERE