• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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?

Sign used at Wind Cave in 1903 when the cave became a national park.

Wind Cave is the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. That occurred on January 9, 1903.