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Kettle of One: Following the Broad-winged Hawk Migration by Bicycle

November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Many of us dream of following migrating birds to warmer climates for the winter, few people actually do it.  Eric Masterson did, and he did it by bicycle.

The Isthmus of Central America is a bottleneck for birds that migrate overland to South America. This phenomenon is most visible with hawks, which are large, common, diurnal migrants. In October 2015, Eric Masterson boarded a flight in Manchester and headed to Kekoldi in southern Costa Rica to witness the famed migration, but quickly realized that the story was in the journey, not the arrival. Thus he began to plan his own bicycle journey following five GPS-tagged birds on their flight south, leaving NH in September 2016 and arriving at the Panama Canal March 2017. Join Eric to learn about some of what he learned and experienced on this journey.

Eric Masterson’s interest in ornithology was launched in 1978 on a farm in County Wicklow, Ireland, where he first became captivated by the many stories that birds have to tell. Following his studies at the University College Dublin, he moved with his wife to New Hampshire in 1999. He currently works in the field of environmental conservation with the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock. He is the author of Birdwatching in New Hampshire, a comprehensive guide to the occurrence of the Granite State’s birds, and is working on a second book documenting the life history of the Broad-winged Hawk. The latter recently took him on a six-month bicycle journey following the hawk’s migratory route to southern Panama. He serves on the New Hampshire Rare Bird Committee and is a seasonal editor for the quarterly journal New Hampshire Bird Records.


November 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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