Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Spring Training for the Raptor Watch

Raptor Watch Fall 2018 group

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Spring Training Session

Morning session:10 a.m.- noon

Evening session: 5 - 7 p.m.

Our band of enthusiastic Raptor Watch volunteers will reconvene, after a winter hiatus, to dust off our identification skills. Whether you are a seasoned birder or a total newbie, we welcome you to join our group. Training and field work will be at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, 4970 Country Club Rd., Port Washington, WI 53074.

What are we likely to see this spring? Director, Bill Mueller reports that, "we usually get both eagles early, with the Golden Eagle the first to pass through, and also the first to be done with its spring passage at this latitude. The Golden Eagles that pass Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, 300 miles NNE of our location, have moved through Wisconsin mostly unnoticed for a list of reasons. They count 70-100 each spring. We could see maybe 15-30 of those at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, if only someone was watching!"

Of course, we look forward to welcoming the return of our "usual suspects" including the Turkey Vultures, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned, Cooper's, Northern Goshawk, Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, Rough-legged, American Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon.

In mid-March we will begin to send out weekly "weather announcements" to those on our list of the target days when there are likely to be appropriate conditions. If you are interested in joining our volunteer group, please contact us at .