Hawk-watchers are easily the most established sub-groups within the birding community, and the hawk-watching community in North America is close-knit and passionate. One of its undisputed authorities is Jerry Liguori of Salt Lake City, Utah, the author of Hawks at a Distance and Hawks from Every Angle, two of the most influential family-specific field guides in North America, and the co-author of many more. He is the 2017 recipient of the ABA’s Robert Ridgway Award for publications in field ornithology and his articles have appeared many times in ABA’s Birding magazine. The June 2018 issue of Birding features his raptor photography, with three different commemorative covers, the first time we’ve ever done that, which can be purchased with a donation to the ABA’s Nesting Season Appeal. Jerry joins me to talk about the magic of watching hawks, his diagnosis with ALS, and what birders need to know about hawk-watching.
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