PUERTO RICAN SHARP-SHINNED HAWK RELEASE SITE & ENDEMIC HUMMINGBIRDS (PEREGRINE FUND’S FUNDRAISER) August 9, 2020

The Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk has been declining for at least 40 years, its demise driven largely by reproductive threats. Bot flies burrow into nestlings’ skin and sap their nutrition and energy, eventually killing them. Predators like Red-tailed Hawks and Pearly-eyed Thrashers make quick meals out of eggs and young chicks (and, in the case of red-tails, sometimes the parents, too). Meanwhile, humans have increasingly encroached on the bird’s forest habitat. 

In the 1980s, when scientists first surveyed this species, sharp-shin populations hovered around 240 individuals. In just seven years, that number dropped 40 percent to 150, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk as endangered in 1994. The FWS wrote a recovery plan, but no one took action for two decades.

We are going to visit the first-ever captive propagation program for Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks. Birding is always part of the trip stopping on the way in a couple of spots for some endemics. 

US$95pp
Min 9 - Max 13
0630-1500 approx. - from the Puerto Rico Convention Center

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Among the endemic birds that are possible in this area are:

Adelaide's Warbler
Puerto Rican Vireo
Puerto Rican Tody
Puerto Rican Woodpecker
Puerto Rican Flycatcher
Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo
Puerto Rican Spindalis
Puerto Rican Bullfinch
Puerto Rican Oriole
Puerto Rican Emerald
Green Mango

Among the birds that might catch your interest and are possible today:

Loggerhead Kingbird 
Antillean Euphonia 
Puerto Rican Pewee 
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Antillean Mango
Black-whiskered Vireo
White-crowned Pigeon
Scaly-naped Pigeon
Pearly-eyed Thrasher
Red-legged Thrush
Caribbean Martin
... and more.

When
August 9th, 2020 7:30 AM   through   3:00 PM
Event Fee
Fee $ 95.00