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Hawks on the Wing: Seeing beyond the field marks with Josh Haas (Thursday Night Nature April 7)

Thursday, April 7 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 7 8:00 pm


Raptors in flight and migration bring a sense of wonder and struggle to birders. This is especially true when trying to identify them at a distance. Field marks are not enough with backlit conditions and when birds miles out lack any color. Flight identification has long been the best way to identify raptors at a distance; however, books only take it so far. Join hawk watcher Josh Haas as he shares the principles of how raptors migrate so efficiently, look at some of the famed hawk watches east of the Mississippi, the evolution of raptor identification and see clips from his movie “Hawks on the Wing.”  This film brings an innovative new way to learn about raptors in flight.

Josh Haas is a Michigan birder, photographer and vice chair for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) board. He has been birding and photographing seriously for over 17 years. Josh enjoys teaching others bird identification, how to bird by ear and photographing birds in flight. His photography background, involvement with raptors at various local nature centers and interest in raptor migration were the inspirations for his movie “Hawks on the Wing.” His movie, reference guide, information about hawk-watching and galleries with his finest images are all available at Josh’s passion started with raptors but he can be found birding and photographing in all seasons, often with his wife, daughter and son.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

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Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

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This lecture is part of our Thursday Night Nature series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom.