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Published in Western Birds 52(1): An update on the status of the Anna’s Hummingbird in Idaho, as well as documentation of the first breeding record for the state

by Bryce W. Robinson

I’m privileged to see my name on two publications in Western Birds 52(1), alongside some great people from the Intermountain Bird Observatory. Both papers are focused on the changes to the status of Anna’s Hummingbird in Idaho, and feature some paintings and a photograph of mine.

The main point from the first article led by Jessica Pollock – Number of over-wintering Anna’s Hummingbird in Idaho has substantially increased in the last ten years, and the species is now present year round in the state, perhaps as a resident.

The main point from the second article led by me – Documentation of the first successful breeding for the species in Idaho, as well as a discussion on why we can be reasonably sure these offspring are pure Anna’s and do not represent hybridization with a Black-chinned Hummingbird

Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) Painting featured on the cover of the Journal of Raptor Research

by Bryce W. Robinson

I’m excited to once again see a painting of mine on the cover of the Journal of Raptor Research. This painting of a Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) corresponds to the feature article by Rocky Gutierrez that details the Spotted Owl conservation conflict. Gutierrez outlines this conflict between environmental advocates and the logging industry as a case study for understanding why some conservation issues are so difficult, and ways we can work to manage such conflicts when they are so often too difficult to resolve.

You can read this article open access online

This original painting is also available for purchase in the shop.

Migrating Sharp-shinned Hawk painting on the cover of Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s Pacific Raptor

by Bryce W. Robinson

I’m privileged to see my painting of a migrating Sharp-shinned Hawk featured on the cover of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory publication, Pacific Raptor. If you are not aware of the observatory or the work they do, you can find out more at their website –

https://www.parksconservancy.org/…/golden-gate-raptor…

You can also see what is inside this issue of Pacific Raptor here –

https://www.parksconservancy.org/…/PR_41_Final…

Thanks to my good friends Allen Fish and Teresa Ely for the opportunity to share my work with the Golden Gate Raptor community!

Support Red-tailed Hawk Research!

by Bryce W. Robinson

Interested in supporting Red-tailed Hawk research? Purchase these items from the shop!

I’ve collaborated with some folks to form a research project aimed at furthering our understanding of the Red-tailed Hawk. This involves a robust effort to trap these birds on the wintering grounds and outfit them with tracking devices. By doing so, we hope to gain insights into migratory connectivity as well as answer some long standing questions about population assignment related to their appearance (in other words, to what subspecies they belong). The work is foundational to a large effort to understand regional plumage variation at the genomic level, and the evolution of the distribution and patterns we see in this species.

We are raising money for transmitters, and we need your help! Please visit the Red-tailed Hawk website to find out how you can contribute!