montage of coastal raptors

Coastal Raptors is a non-profit organization headed by Dan Varland with Mark Schult providing web development. Coastal Raptors is dedicated to providing research and education programs leading to better understanding and conservation of raptors in coastal environments. Active since 1995 and with non-profit 501(c)(3) status beginning May 2009, the goals are to:

  • Conduct scientific research and monitoring on raptors along coastlines;
  • Provide education programs on coastal raptors and the coastal environment;
  • Train wildlife biologists in the tools and techniques needed to survey, capture, and mark raptors along coastlines; and
  • Collaborate with experts in wildlife research and management on developing, monitoring and sharing best management practices for coastal raptors.

map of Washington coastline highlighting Ocean Shores, Grayland and Long Beach sections

Raptor survey transects on three coastal beaches in western Washington.

Bald eagle flying away with falcon's kill

Tom Rowley photographs Bald Eagles at a sturgeon carcass just north of Ocean Shores, Washington on February 8, 2014. We saw as many as seven Bald Eagles showing interest in this carcass, feeding at different times. The photo above shows four immature eagles. Bald Eagles do not attain their adult plumage, with white head and tail, until 4-6 years of age. During the transition years, beak and eye color change from brown to yellow. The eagle at left is nearly 3 years of age.