Author: Dan Varland

  • Turkey Vulture ES: Re-sightings in California and Oregon

    Whenever the USGS Bird Banding Lab contacts me with information from a person who has re-sighted one of our wing-tagged Turkey Vultures, I write them for more info. While the reports from the BBL provide me with basic information about the observation (i.e., who saw the bird, when and where), there’s always more to be […]

  • Remembering Peregrine Falcon Z/U

    Z/U, a female Peregrine Falcon banded by Coastal Raptors in 2015, was found dead near Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula’s north coast. The falcon was found by Jessie Huggins and Dyanna Lambourne on October 9, 2022. It’s worth noting that Jessie and Dyanna are members of the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network (Stranding […]

  • California Condors Return to the Pacific Northwest

    The California condor is among the world’s most critically endangered species.  As of mid-September 2022, only 537 are in existence, 334 living in the wild, the rest in captivity (source: Ventana Wildlife Society). Once found across North America, with the die-off of large terrestrial mammal species 10,000 years ago, condor range contracted to the Pacific […]

  • Monitoring Gyrfalcon Nesting in Norway

    On June 3, 2022 good friend and long-time Coastal Raptors volunteer Dave Murnen and I departed Washington for an adventure that took us first to Iceland for several days of sightseeing, then on to Norway for fieldwork with Gyrfalcons. There we joined Kenneth Johansen and others to monitor Gyrfalcon nesting. Many thanks to Kenneth for […]

  • Beginning

    Welcome all raptor fans to Bird Man Dan’s Blog! Thanks for joining me on my adventures, study, and love of raptors. You have found your way to the first blog post of the newly re-launched Coastal Raptors website, now powered by WordPress 2022. Today, I want to tell the story of just how our re-designed […]