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“The Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project” (Potluck Dinner)
June 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
June 20, 2018 OPAS Program
“The Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project”
Presented by Ed Deal, Project Coordinator
Dungeness River Audubon Center
Potluck Dinner begins at 6 p.m., Membership Meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Cooper’s Hawks, once threatened by DDT poisoning just like Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, have returned in such good numbers that they now nest in many urban areas, including Seattle. A dedicated group of researchers has tracked Seattle’s Cooper Hawks since 2003, documenting their locations, nesting success, and food choices. In 2017 they tracked 44 nests, closely investigating how these avian predators have adapted to life in the big city.
Ed Deal is a retired physical therapist who has studied raptors for over 24 years. For the last six years he has coordinated the all-volunteer Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project, up before dawn most days during the nesting season to peer into the secret lives of these birds. Through his dedicated interest in these raptors, Ed has become a genuine expert on their nesting characteristics and behaviors.