Santa Rosa Island Raptor banding 2015

Anna FasoliBanding, Field Work, Science2 Comments

I’ve been working on Santa Rosa Island for the Institute for Wildlife Studies for nearly four months now, monitoring Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle nests. This week was banding week on SRI, the culmination of all of our hours of observation and hiking. I have lots of photos from the last few months and posts to write, but I figured I’d … Read More

Santa Rosa Tour 3 Update: Part Two, March 14-17

Anna FasoliField Work, General News and Info, ScienceLeave a Comment

Wow, does time fly by when you are on an eight day on, six day off schedule (this schedule is possibly the secret to life). I’ve finally gotten around to posting the second half of tour three on Santa Rosa Island, working for Institute for Wildlife Studies (Read part one here first!) Weather was excellent for the second half of tour 3 as … Read More

Santa Rosa Tour 2 Update: Part Two, February 27 – March 3

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Weather can be extremely variable on the Channel Islands, as we found out during the second half of our second tour on Santa Rosa working for Institute for Wildlife Studies. Friday was our most brutal day on the island with very high winds; our legs were being blown out from underneath us on the long trek to Bonn Point. The … Read More

Belize Mammal Spotlight: Baird’s Tapir

Anna FasoliConservation Issues, Field Work, Mammals, Photography, ScienceLeave a Comment

Last fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Belize to participate in the Belize Raptor Research Institute Cattle Landing Hawk Watch. Through this experience, I met count leader Victor Bonilla, who also works for Ya’axche Conservation Trust in Belize. I feel very grateful to have met Victor, and I learned a lot about the local raptors in Belize from both him … Read More

Santa Rosa Island, Tour 2 Update: Part 1, February 24-26

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After arriving on Santa Rosa Island Tuesday afternoon for our second tour with Institute for Wildlife Studies monitoring Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon populations, Sarah and I checked on the Lopez Bald Eagles, who are now incubating; this means both of our known pairs on Santa Rosa now have eggs. We are still following up on other eagle sightings on … Read More

Santa Rosa Island: Tour 1 Update

Anna FasoliBirding, Field Work, General News and Info1 Comment

It’s been a busy month as I said goodbye to my work with Florida Scrub-Jays in Ocala National Forest and took a new position in California. I now work for the Institute for Wildlife Studies as a Raptor Biologist on Santa Rosa Island. Santa Rosa Island is part of the Channel Islands National Park. I’ve birded this area a few times … Read More

BRRI Hawkwatch: November 18, 2014

Anna FasoliBirding, Field Work, MigrationLeave a Comment

Today was another tough day for migrant Hook-billed Kites at the Cattle Landing Hawkwatch, north of Punta Gorda, Belize (run by Belize Raptor Research Institute). Twenty-eight Hook-billed Kites made the move south after slowly moving through the site…one pair of birds took about 35 minutes to completely exit! Migrant dragonflies were out in force but not nearly as bad as … Read More

BRRI Hawkwatch: November 17, 2014 – Dragonflies and Bat Falcon!

Anna FasoliBirding, Featured, Field Work, Migration2 Comments

Today started out with migrants trying to get lift into a low cloud ceiling with little wind and no thermals at the BRRI Cattle Landing Hawkwatch, run by Belize Raptor Research Institute. Thousands of dragonflies were on site for the first few hours, which made it difficult to spot the few raptors that were attempting to head south (the swallows however, had … Read More

First day of hawk watching in Belize!

Anna FasoliBirding, Field Work, General News and Info2 Comments

Woken up early thanks to some Howler Monkeys around 5 am, I hit the road early for birding. The road that my house is on is actually very productive for local species and also warblers; it is just one street over from the coast, so I think migrants just use it all day long. Perhaps everywhere in Belize is like … Read More

First day in Belize!

Anna FasoliField Work, Science, Trip Reports2 Comments

I am taking a hiatus from field work in Florida for about two months, and working in Punta Gorda, Belize as a volunteer for Belize Raptor Research Institute (also, check them out on Facebook!). BRRI staffs a hawk watch at the Cattle Landing soccer field north of Punta Gorda to monitor migration of raptors through Belize, focusing on the Hook-billed Kite. … Read More