About our resarch
We have a number of research projects ongoing.   These are just a few of our projects.  If you're interested in our research and updates, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. 
Migration
Competition
Polymorphisms
Migration




Using multiple methods we are trying to examine how these birds use the landscape and survive outside of our study area.  With a migration that is over 6,000 miles each way there are a lot of hazards.  We want to start using MOTUS technology to track individuals to know when they've crossed key migration points.  By erecting a tower in our study area, we will know how early they come back 




Competition




Ferruginous Hawks have been a relatively new addition to the population, showing up 15 years ago, and the population has been slowly building.  We are trying to determine how much Ferruginous Hawks and Swainson's Hawks might compete for prey and territory.  




Polymorphisms






Swainson's hawks are known to have a lot of variability in their plumage, some birds have very light plumage, some have very dark plumage.  We are investigating how these  differences came about and are maintained in the population.