by Mark Vekasy
Thursday, September 16th at Olin Hall, Room 129, Whitman College.
Historically, ferruginous hawks were found throughout eastern Washington and were considered locally abundant. Survey work by WDFW identified as many as 204 nesting territories in 12 counties with core range in Benton and Franklin Counties. Habitat alterations and loss of prey species like jackrabbits and ground squirrels have caused declines in territory quality and the number of breeding pairs, while similar alterations on post-dispersal and winter ranges have caused declines in fledgling survival, likely contributing to long-term loss of breeding pairs in Washington.
Mark Vekasy is the Assistant District Wildlife Biologist for WDFW in the Blue Mountains of SE WA (District 3), where he has been stationed for the last 10 years. Mark originally hails from Ohio, where he completed his BA degree in biology from Hiram College and his MS in zoology from Miami (OH) University. Mark has a diverse background in field research on numerous raptor, waterfowl, and mammalian species, and has studied ferruginous hawks in WA, ID, MT, and UT while working for a number of different state agencies and private and non-profit organizations.
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