Merlin with prey

Peregrine Falcon taken by Zach Smith.

Raptor Research
The Kiptopeke fall hawk-watch was established by volunteers in 1977, and has recorded nearly 750,000 hawks and vultures of 19 species. It is the best place in the world to see migrating Merlins and Peregrines, with daily records of 462 and 364, respectively. The fall hawk banding station at Kiptopeke, established in 1991, examines and bands hundreds of hawks each season. The annual College Creek Spring Hawk-watch, on the shore of the James River near Williamsburg, was established in 1997 and records an average of more than 1,000 hawks and vultures each year. To see hawkwatch data, click this link:

  • Advisor Earl Hodnett holding 2 Peregrines

    Northern Saw-whet Owls are banded, under Master Bander Dr. Robert Reilly, at a site in Cumberland County. (Photo by Jethro Runco)

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