Since 1977, CVWO has conducted raptor research during fall migration at Kiptopeke State Park located on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Over this time, raptor populations have declined due to habitat loss and pesticides, as well as other factors. CVWO's research contributes to international data bases, scientific insight, and preservation of these magnificent birds of prey.
In the opening aerial scene of this video, you can view the migratory route taken by 19 recorded species of raptors over the bottleneck of land that funnels the birds toward the Hawkwatch platform. There, CVWO biologists record information that is shared internationally with science data bases like HawkCount.org.
A multi-authored scientific paper on the state of the world’s birds of prey and owls was published in September 2018 in Biological Conservation. According to the research, 18% percent of raptors are threatened with extinction and 52% of raptors have declining global populations.
Visit CVWO's website to see this season's Hawk Watch data as it is loaded onto the new Dunkadoo technology from the platform at Kiptopeke: www.vawildliferesearch.org.
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Video by www.ReaganStudios.com.