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Raptors of the East Coast Region

  • National Wildlife Federation 11100 Wildlife Center Drive Reston, VA, 20190 United States (map)

Red-tailed hawk, Jesse Gordon/Audubon Photography Awards

Classroom Instruction: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive 
Reston, VA, 20190

Field Trip: Saturday, September 28, 2019, beginning at 9:30 AM
Waggoner’s Gap (At top of Kittatinny Ridge, near Carlisle, PA)

Fee: $50 members, $60 non-members

Join us on Thursday, September 26 for Stacia Novy’s presentation on birds-of-prey.  She will discuss flight characteristics, identification and migration patterns, focusing on raptor species of the East Coast region.  The presentation will be followed by a field trip to Waggoner’s Gap, PA on Saturday, September 28 for a day of hawk watching. We’ll apply knowledge learned in the workshop by observing kettles of Broad-winged Hawks, falcons, and other migrant raptors making their way south for the winter.

Stacia Novy, with an Orange-breasted Falcon

Stacia Novy, with an Orange-breasted Falcon

Stacia Novy has been involved with wildlife conservation projects for over 30 years, specializing in birds.  She is on the Board of Directors for Save the Prairie Society, an organization that saved Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve from urban development in Westchester, Illinois.  She has conducted avian surveys for Wolf Road Prairie, the Audubon Center at Riverlands, Missouri, and the USDA Henry White Experimental Farm.  She collected nesting data on Elf Owls, Gilded Flickers, and Yellow-billed Cuckoos for Tucson Audubon Society and Sonoran Audubon Society to establish Important Bird Areas (IBAs) for those species in Arizona.  Stacia has also worked with Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge biologists to band birds, radio-track ocelots, and conduct nocturnal surveys of mammals. In Texas and Belize, she assisted in releasing endangered Aplomado Falcons and Orange-breasted Falcons for The Peregrine Fund

Stacia has presented wildlife-related topics in both popular and scientific forums.  Her articles have been published by the Illinois Ornithological Society, the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, the Illinois State Academy of Science, the North American Falconers Association, American Falconry, and the American Birding Association.  She has a passion for raptorial birds, and is one of only about 500 women in the United States to hold state and federal falconry licenses to keep birds-of-prey in captivity.