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Exclamation Public asked to report northern goshawk sightings

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With declining populations and a contracted range, northern goshawks have become rarer sights in Pennsylvania. But those who are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this magnificent forest raptor, or who know where they nest, are asked to report their observations as part of a collaborative project involving the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is a large raptor nesting in mature, mixed forests across northern Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan identifies the goshawk as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need wildlife with low or declining populations that are in need of conservation action and highlights the need for information on the abundance and distribution of breeding goshawks across the state.

Since 2017, the Pennsylvania Goshawk Project (run by a subcommittee of the Ornithological Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Game Commission) has collected reports of goshawk sightings in the state.

The Pennsylvania Goshawk Project continues to seek information related to sightings. Any goshawk observations should be sent to [email protected]. Reports are confidential to protect the birds.

Your assistance with finding goshawk territories and nests helps with our research and conservation efforts to protect this species and its habitat.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Goshawk Project, visit goshawk | Pennsylvania Biological Survey. You can find images and audio files to aid identification as well as forms, instructions, and contact information.
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It seems that the same great horned owls that kill our turkeys and rabbits and other game are also preying on these hawks.
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Isn't the goshawk the one that is the big threat to grouse?
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Yes, so are owls, and cooper hawks.
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Isn't the goshawk the one that is the big threat to grouse?
A few years ago when I started wildlife photography had a bad experience with one. I had a grouse on my property I considered like a pet. For 2 months I could find him and walk him around to better locations or better back ground shots. Even had my mentor teacher with me and could not believe this grouse. This man in Pa. is considered Mr. Grouse and woodcock, he told me to enjoy this adventure it might not last long of how grouse are subject to raptors. One day we was shooting him with the Nikon's a goshawk dove in and came close to getting ole Ruff. I went back 2 days later and never seen him again. My guess is mr hawk got him. I felt lucky to have over 7k pics of him in that 2 month time. Guess what im trying to say is I have no sympathy for the hawks!
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Yes, so are owls, and cooper hawks.
And I enjoy seeing them all. Both are very skillful at what they do. Life in the grouse woods wouldnt be the same if we eliminate one part of nature. And without predators, grouse wouldnt be the same wary game bird, difficult to kill and a prize when you get to hold one in your hands.

Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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