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Hawk Watches Begin This Weekend

The Wildlife Research Institute offers free observations every Saturday in January and February.

January means more than a new year and tough-to-keep resolutions. It also means Ramona's Hawk Watch Saturdays are back.

The Wildlife Research Institute hosts weekly outings where residents can get an up-close experience at the majestic birds in our grasslands, including the newly-nested bald eagle pair located near Rangeland Road.

The Institute welcomes residents free of charge to visit every Saturday in both January and February:

  • Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Visitors can expect to see three different types of hawks, including the red-tailed hawk, golden eagles and prairie falcons. According to the Wildlife Research Institute's website, 19 species of birds have been recorded at the so-called "raptor hotspot."

Those interested in watching these majestic creatures can meet at the Wildlife Research Institute, located at 18030 Highland Valley Rd. Though the program begins promptly at 9 a.m., guests should arrive at 8:30 a.m.

The Institute suggests you bring:

  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Sturdy shoes (we will not be hiking)
  • Warm clothing (for the recent cold weather we've been having!)

Happy hawk watching!

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