Abstract - Survey of Raptorial Avian Predators in Wind Cave National Park
Hetlet, Lynn Allan. 1988. A Survey of Raptorial Avian Predators in Wind Cave National Park. 15 p.
A survey of nesting and feeding raptorial birds in or near Wind Cave National Park was conducted between May 3 and August 4, 1988. Nests of the following species were found: red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), American kestrel (Falco sparverius), great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), and burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia). In addition, the following species were seen hunting within the study area: northern harrier (Circus cyaneus), sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus), Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperi), northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), ferruginous hawk (Buteo regalis), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), long-eared owl (Asio otus), and short-eared owl (Asio flammeus). Raptors were found to utilize all available ecosystems within the study area, both for hunting and nesting.
Did You Know?
Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...