Topic: “FLIGHT ADAPTATIONS OF RAPTORS”
PRESENTED BY JOSH HAAS, VICE CHAIR FOR THE HAWK MIGRATION ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA
Date: March 28, 2022
His movie Hawks on the Wing, reference guide, information about hawk-watching, as well as galleries with his finest images are all available at www.hawksonthewing.com.
Have you ever looked up and wondered how a group of hawks are able to circle and rise in altitude so effortlessly? Maybe you have felt a whoosh of wind at night and wondered what may have just flown by. We’re excited to welcome Josh Haas, who will provide a new- found sense of awe at how both diurnal and nocturnal raptors have adapted into truly inspiring styles of flight that not only allow them to survive but thrive in their environments. This program will feature raptor migration and how different families of raptors use flight efficiency and power to migrate and hunt, as well as the more refined adaptations in owls that allow them to be silent and successful hunting in environments that seem unimaginable. Josh will feature some of his favorite video clips showcasing specialty flights from migrations sites across the US as well as video clips from the famed PBS special, “Raptor Force.”
Josh is a Michigan birder, photographer, and board Vice Chair for the Hawk Migration Association of North America. He has been birding and photographing seriously for over 17 years with a passion for teaching others ID, birding by ear, and photographing birds in flight. His photographic background and involvement with raptors at local nature centers as well as raptor migration sites spawned his movie “Hawks on the Wing” teaching viewers raptor ID in flight through the use of video and audio commentary; including multiple species on screen side-by-side. His movie, reference guide, information about hawk-watching, as well as galleries with his finest images are all available at www.hawksonthewing.com. Josh’s passion started with raptors but he can be found birding and photographing in all seasons, often with his wife, daughter, and son.