Tracking Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons at Cape May!
Cape May Raptor Banding Project banders provided one Golden Eagle and eight Peregrine Falcons to researchers this fall so that they could be fitted with cellular transmitters.
Dr. Trish Miller, West Virginia University, assisted by Mike Lanzone of Cellular Tracking Technologies, banded and attached a GPS telemetry unit to a hatching year male Golden Eagle on October 14, 2016. Dr. Miller and Mr. Lanzone hope to attach additional transmitters to Golden Eagles in the future to learn more about movement ecology of coastal Golden Eagles and how they may differ from the Appalachian Plateau wintering population. The project is a collaboration between Dr. Miller, Cellular Tracking Technologies, the USGS, New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory and the Cape May Raptor Banding Project Inc.
For more information about golden eagles visit www.appalachianeagles.org
Dr. Jean Francois Therrien, Senior Research Biologist at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, attached GPS cellular transmitters to eight Peregrine Falcons as they migrated through Cape May. The project focused on hatching year juvenile Peregrines and will study the dispersal and migration paths of these young falcons as they move up and down the east coast of North America over the next three years. It has long been known that many peregrine falcons engage in long-distance migrations annually across the Americas. This project aims to precisely assess the timing of their migrations, the routes taken and habitat use. The project is supported by the Max Plank Institute.
For more information about Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and its tracking projects visit www.hawkmountain.org.