Yesterday I, my wife, and our ten-day-old daughter went out to bird the area south of Davis, CA. as part of the Winter Raptor Survey that has been started by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).  I am on the HMANA board of directors and have been helping to organize this winter raptor survey.  We are hoping it will grow into a nation-wide monitoring system of the raptors that spend the winter months anywhere in North America.  To run a survey route all that is need is a bit of local raptor knowledge and four days a year.  Each volunteer sets up their own route in an area, and then drives that route one day in November, one day in December, one day in January, and one day in February.  After driving the route (which should be between 30 and 100 miles long), and identifying all the raptors…

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