by Kathy Ross

Barbara Summer holds Victory, the Bald Eagle – Photo courtesy BD Lancaster

To kick off activities for Flathead Audubon Birds of Prey week, workshops were held at Montana Wild Wings Raptor Recovery Center on September. 11 and 14. The enthusiastic participants enjoyed a wealth of information about the most abundant migrating raptors of Jewel Basin Hawkwatch site. A beautiful Sharp-shinned and a Coopers hawk, top migrators in the Jewel, along with other live representatives of migrating raptors shared identifying field markings most helpful for the Jewel site and/or birding adventures in the Flathead.

The Wild Wings Ambassador raptors were joined by Wild Wings volunteers and Hawkwatch veterans as presenters. After the workshop, participants enjoyed a tour of the facility, meeting all the Owls and Hawks that, because of injuries, are now cared for at Wild Wings.