All eyes to the sky

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All eyes to the sky

FLC grad watches birds of prey to understand their migratory routes
Cherin Spencer-Bower’s favorite raptor is a rough-legged hawk, which flew to the Commissary Ridge, Wyo., hawk-watching site from the Arctic.
Spencer-Bower prepares to release a banded peregrine falcon on Commissary Ridge.
A peregrine falcon, the fastest animal alive, is one of hundreds that have re-established themselves in the West. The National Park Service and Colorado State University helped bring peregrines back from the brink of extinction.
A golden eagle begins to soar after having its measurements taken and being tagged.
This adult male golden eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter and can now be tracked on Raptorview’s website.
Volunteers join professionals to watch for migratory hawks and eagles traveling south before winter hits.
This adult red-tailed hawk was caught, inspected and tagged at Commissary Ridge, Wyo., where Hawk Watch International is tracking the migratory routes of birds of prey. Fort Lewis College graduate Cherin Spencer-Bower was part of the team there this fall. Hawk Watch monitors raptors at multiple sites across the West.
A plastic decoy owl attracts hawks and birds of prey at the migratory bird counting site on Commissary Ridge, Wyo. Some hawks come back numerous times to try to scare the owl off its metal perch.
Cherin Spencer-Bower holds an adult female golden eagle, hooded but with razor-sharp talons. “She was powerful, and just holding her, my biceps grew over the season,” Spencer-Bower says.

All eyes to the sky

Cherin Spencer-Bower’s favorite raptor is a rough-legged hawk, which flew to the Commissary Ridge, Wyo., hawk-watching site from the Arctic.
Spencer-Bower prepares to release a banded peregrine falcon on Commissary Ridge.
A peregrine falcon, the fastest animal alive, is one of hundreds that have re-established themselves in the West. The National Park Service and Colorado State University helped bring peregrines back from the brink of extinction.
A golden eagle begins to soar after having its measurements taken and being tagged.
This adult male golden eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter and can now be tracked on Raptorview’s website.
Volunteers join professionals to watch for migratory hawks and eagles traveling south before winter hits.
This adult red-tailed hawk was caught, inspected and tagged at Commissary Ridge, Wyo., where Hawk Watch International is tracking the migratory routes of birds of prey. Fort Lewis College graduate Cherin Spencer-Bower was part of the team there this fall. Hawk Watch monitors raptors at multiple sites across the West.
A plastic decoy owl attracts hawks and birds of prey at the migratory bird counting site on Commissary Ridge, Wyo. Some hawks come back numerous times to try to scare the owl off its metal perch.
Cherin Spencer-Bower holds an adult female golden eagle, hooded but with razor-sharp talons. “She was powerful, and just holding her, my biceps grew over the season,” Spencer-Bower says.
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