Third Annual Long Island Natural History Conference

2015


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THIRD ANNUAL LONG ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE


Falcons on FIRE (Fire Island Raptor Enumerators)

Drew Panko and Trudy Battaly—Board of Directors, Northeast Hawk Watch Association

There are 8 hawk watches within a 50-mile radius of NYC. The Fire Island hawk watch is unique in that it takes place on a barrier beach. We have been watching and counting since 1982 and have seen remarkable changes in the composition of the flight. Some of these changes mirror similar changes at the other watches and some are unique to Fire Island. We will discuss some of the things we have learned and present some possible interpretations of the observed changes.

Drew Panko (dpanko@pipeline.com) is the Co-founder & Coordinator, Fire Island Hawk Watch. He is also on the Board of Directors of Northeast Hawk Watch Association and a Counter for Hook Mountain Hawk Watch. He is also a retired teacher of Physics and Chemistry from Yonkers High School and a Researcher of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Trudy Battaly (merlin@pipeline.com) is a Counter for Fire Island Hawk Watch, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Hawk Watch Association; she is also coordinator for Hook Mountain Hawk Watch. Trudy is also Adjunct Faculty for Mathematics at Westchester Community College and Researcher of Northern Saw-whet Owls.