Conservation and Ecology of Under-studied Open Land Raptors
There are a number of North American raptor species inhabiting open-country landscapes for which large knowledge gaps exist in our basic understanding of their ecology. This symposium aims to further our understanding of the ecology and conservation needs of this broad range of raptor species. Species of interest include, but are not limited to: Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Northern Harrier, Prairie Falcon, and Short-eared Owl.
Environmental Contaminants and Raptors
Toxicants introduced by humans into the environment, from DDT to lead, have historically had extensive detrimental impacts on individual raptors and populations, and many continue to threaten raptors faced with habitat loss and emerging infectious diseases. This symposium provides a review of some of the more common toxicants affecting raptors, as well as some potential threats looming on the horizon. Clinical signs, sampling methods, biomaterials needed for confirming suspected toxicities, and actions being taken to reduce exposure will be discussed throughout this symposium.
Innovations in Raptor Education
There is critical value in scientific research and that results of this research are important to decision making in our society. As such, the ability to communicate this information to a general audience has great value. This symposium will focus on the innovative ways education professionals are sharing this knowledge and increasing the power of the research. This symposium will focus on 3 areas of education: Raptor Science Education: Classroom and Public Outreach; Engaging the Public Through Citizen Science; and Captivating Audiences Using Captive Education Raptors.
Organizers: Nikki Wayment, HawkWatch International [email protected]; Erin Brown, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary; Kate Davis, Raptors of the Rockies; Rachel Spagnola, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Raptors and the Energy Sector
Interactions between raptors and the energy sector, whether transmission lines and infrastructure, wind-energy, solar energy, or other aspects can result in both conservation and operational issues. The renewable energy sector continues its expansion to meet the demand for clean energy. Impacts to raptors have been well documented, especially fatalities at wind farms. One session of this symposium will include updates on how key policies are being implemented (i.e., the Eagle Rule), management of species, and research on the emerging issues related to the booming solar energy sector. A second session will address raptor interactions with power lines that can result in electrocutions, collisions, power outages, and nesting issues. Recent concerns over eagle mortality, take permitting, and compensatory mitigation have brought greater attention to power line issues and pole retrofitting. This session will include an overview of raptor/power line issues and solutions based on national guidance from the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), as well as results of current related research, and a panel discussion. This topic is timely, will offer practical guidance and information, and presents conservation solutions.