Live Hawk Feed Thursday 4/23/2020

Live Hawk Feed Thursday 4/23/2020

A message from George Joseph Steele, a New York naturalist, on an upcoming live Hawk Watch feed:

Hello my science friends. I hope you are doing well with all this covid-19 chaos.

I'm sure you are aware that all of my environmental education work is on hold. I'm a bit digitally disadvantaged (for one thing my internet connection at home is via broadband satellite which can be dicey at times) and my forte is working with students and families in person but these times call for new things so I'm venturing in to online programs. I've experimented a little with Facebook Live doing three nighttime activities, twice looking for and rescuing salamanders crossing the roads at night and the third sneaking up on an American Woodcock doing its mating song and flight. The live sessions were saved and can be viewed.

I'm inviting any interested teachers, students and families to come along on further nature and environmental exploring in real time on Facebook Live. My next venture will be to go into the field to do a Hawk Watch this coming Thursday, April 23rd at Onondaga Audubon's Derby Hill Bird Observatory near Oswego, NY. I will plan to go live at 10 AM.

Birds of prey usually don't fly over large water bodies like the Great Lakes. Here in New York raptors heading north hit Lake Ontario and en masse take a turn east. The Derby Hill site offers great views of these eagles, hawks and falcons. The weather prediction for this Thursday looks to be ideal for some good hawk viewing.

At the Derby Hill site there is an official hawk watcher that records data as part of an ongoing citizen science project. While I won't be a part of the official record I will maintain my own data, explaining the why's and how's of citizen science in the study of birds of prey.

To join me you will need to friend me on Facebook. I'm sure you know that there are two options, one is to send a friend request to me on Facebook, George Joseph Steele.

I am planning some other projects, the next likely being a chicken egg incubation program where I will take visitors through the whole process of incubation including meeting a hen and a rooster, learning about bird biology, viewing the setup and maintenance of the incubator including turning the eggs, candling the eggs to view embryo development and of course, though I'm not counting them yet, the hatching of the chicks.

If you have any suggestions, comments, questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on Facebook.

I look forward to connecting with all of teachers, students and families that I've been missing in these times and sharing my love and knowledge of nature and living thing. Be safe. Stay healthy. Hope to see you Thursday.

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