Clean Potable Water

Clean, healthy drinking water is something that we take for granted in our country, but it is a precious commodity. We need to take every step we can to protect the health of our drinking water. It is a huge factor that affects all of us and should be a number one environmental issue that is addressed in the next 4 years. Bottled water and fracking are two main threats to this resource, I understand that we need a new and abundant energy source for the future, but we should seriously plan this out our methods and not simply produce a knee jerk reaction that will risk our drinking water supply. We need to focus on developing solar power to take the load off our fossil fuel dependency. Solar power has a lot of potential if we actually put monies into developing a viable method for obtaining energy. Read More

John J. Elliott Award for the best Kingbird article of the year

Just found out that the article that was published in 2011 on the first 8 years of my kestrel nest box study won the John J. Elliott Award for the best Kingbird article of the year.

November is buteo month

November has finally arrived. The leaves are off the trees and the cold north winds are beginning to blow. We have actually had a few dustings of snow already.

Saw Whet Owl Banding Station

We banded 35 saw whets this season. It was a pretty wet season and we probably would have banded quite a few more if it did not rain all the time, but it was very successful.

The first week of the saw whet owl banding station

The nets openned on 14 September for the first full season of the Paul Smiths Saw Whet Owl Banding Station.  We caught 3 owls in the first 4 days.  One day we were rained out and one day we closed very early.

The Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center’s Saw Whet Owl Banding Station

The Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center Saw Whet Owl Banding Station will begin on 14th of September and run through to the 4th of November. The station will be open to the public on a first come first serve basis starting 1 October and running through to the end of the season. We start at sunset each night and people do need to register in advance, we will not take unannounced walk ins. The cost for a night is $10.00 per student on owl nights (the Saturdays from 5:00 through 11:00 PM of October) and $20.00 for adults. On these days we will bring in owls and do presentations about each owl before the station is opened. Read More

Banding a hawk owl

Banding a hawk owl in Potsdam, NY.

Huge Day with Fran

Today was a huge day for me and my kestrel Fran. We got her from a nest box in late June and have been training her to come to us. Today, we free flew her off the leash. She came to me 6 times and avoided me when I tried to put her back on the leash. But finally, we got her safe and sound back in the house. Our first day of free flying is under our belt!

A busy day today

Busy day for me and the birds today. Will be in Potsdam at the Tractor Supply at 10 AM, Pal Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center at 2 PM and finally the Lake Placid Lodge at 5 PM. Come join us if you have the time!

Great Camp Sagamore Visit

Adrondack Raptorswill be at the Great Camp Sagamore in Racquette Lake, NY today at 2:15 PM. If you are in the area stop on in and enjoy the show.