THE spot for spring Golden Eagles
We are looking forward to another spring filled with eagles at Tussey Mountain!
Our official counter Gillian Martin is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Coming from a family of bird and nature lovers, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Ball State University in 2020. Her passion for raptors began as a rehabilitation intern at Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she nursed injured raptors back to health and cared for non-releasable hawks, owls, and eagles. She has also worked on research projects with a variety of species, including Northern Saw-whet Owls and Cerulean Warblers. She enjoys volunteering with local nature groups, birding, and crafting in her free time. She is looking forward to meeting the local birding community and experiencing spring migration at Tussey Mountain this year!
Chuck Widmann passed away last August at the age of 81. A regular at the spring hawkwatch for over *20 years*, he was much beloved by all who had the great pleasure of spending time with him on Tussey. Chuck supported our counters not only by spotting raptors, but more importantly with invites to dinner, snacks on the watch, an unfailingly cheerful demeanor, and lasting friendship. This was especially appreciated on those lonely and cold early days for counters who were a long way from home.
In his memory, a Chuck Widmann Citizen Science Endowment has been created to support citizen science projects like the Tussey Mountain Spring Hawkwatch sponsored by Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. For more information or to contribute, contact Jon Kauffman at email@example.com.