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Winter Raptor Survey Training January 11

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017

Winter Raptor Survey Training January 11

Winter Raptor Survey Training Wednesday January 11th, 2017 @ 6PM Grasslands are amongst the fastest declining habitats in the country, and the bird species dependent upon vast stretches of waist-deep grasses are disappearing at alarming rates. In effort to learn more about these imperiled species within New York State and to protect remaining populations, the Department of Environmental Conservation has been conducting winter raptor surveys—specifically monitoring Short Eared Owls (endangered) and Northern Harriers (threatened). The NYS DEC has also enlisted the help of other environmental...

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Cats Belong Indoors

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017

Cats Belong Indoors

I don’t know if this was a stray, an escapee, or a house cat, but let’s make a New Year’s resolution to keep cat indoors at all times whenever possible, please. You will do them, yourselves, and our environment a great favor. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Snow Geese

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016

Snow Geese

These photos of a couple of Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) were taken before any snow was on the ground, and they were wary of that long lens even over the edge of this hill. Nevertheless they managed to smile for the...

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Juvenile Northern Harrier

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016

Juvenile Northern Harrier

I recently wrote about our winter raptors, and boy oh boy, did we ever get the winter in Chautauqua County! Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus) and Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus), like the juvenile recently photographed below, are able to hunt and survive in deep snow, but we may be pushing the limit for some birds in the region now. The snow cover and frigid temperatures are shaking up the local mix of birds of all sorts of species, from ducks to songbirds. A Short-eared Owl was spotted in the county earlier this week, and no doubt others may be easier to find now as they hunt the white...

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Stratford Point Reef Ball Expansion

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016

Stratford Point Reef Ball Expansion

RTPI provides fee-for-service environmental expertise and capacity to a variety of national organizations. We are currently involved in the long-term environmental clean-up effort of a historic trap and skeet shooting range on the Long Island Sound, carried out by the DuPont Corporation. Our staff monitors potential exposure of dabbling ducks and shorebirds to residual lead shot at Stratford Point, Connecticut, as part of a year-round and ongoing large remediation and coastal habitat restoration effort. This work was primarily conducted around the turn of the century, and it also removed...

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