Leko’s Conservation Corner – Raptor Identification

As harvest in the Nipawin area continues, farmers are graced with the enjoyment of an audience of raptors, patiently awaiting dinner that scrambles out from under the swaths. Ministry of Environment conservation officer Lindsey Leko’s column helps to identify just which species are dining as you work. “In Saskatchewan, we have four different types of raptors. These are owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles. It would be five if you included the turkey vulture. We have twelve different species of owls, five species of falcons, 10 species of hawks and two species of eagles in Saskatchewan. The more common falcons include the merlin and kestrel.”

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