Hey there, hawk migration fans! The 2022 season is underway in Cut Bank. Co-founder Tom Magarian has been counting since August 15, and the migrants are so far trickling through. We’re hoping to see lots of Swainson’s hawks pushing in the next week and into September, but what we’re really excited about today is our 2022 counter, Megan Barlowe!
Megan is a recent graduate from James Madison University located in Harrisonburg, VA where she studied Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology. Her background has been mostly involved with amphibians and reptiles, and she is excited to broaden her experiences in the avian world. Megan completed her thesis work on the red-sided garter snake, investigating seasonal variations in genes involved with hormone synthesis. This summer Megan worked at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory located in Gothic, CO where she assisted with multiple projects involved with assessing acclimation abilities in thermal physiology of the Arizona tiger salamander populations nearby. Megan is very excited to start working as the counter at the Cut Bank Hawkwatch and can’t wait to learn about raptor migration and view some beautiful raptors!
Megan will arrive in Cut Bank to learn the ropes with Tom in early September and will keep the count through November 15 – through the last hot, still days of late summer to the cold winds of autumn that give the migrants pushing through Cut Bank a wild ride south for the winter.
None of this is possible without our logistical partners and friends at Hawkwatch International, our sponsors and friends at the Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon Society, and of course the stewards of allll the migration data and friends at the Hawk Migration Association of North America.
Let’s go hawkwatching!