About 30,000 raptors fly through the Florida Keys every fall. In fact, more Peregrine Falcons have been counted migrating through here than any other place in the world. We also see Short-tailed Hawks, Broad-winged Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Merlins, American Kestrels, Ospreys and Bald Eagles.
Florida Keys Audubon Society, along with Jeff Bouton from Leica Sport Optics, and Rafael Galvez from the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, will spend the day scanning the skies and pointing out migrating raptors. We'll also take a survey of their numbers to compare with the birds passing through the Florida Keys Hawkwatch site in Marathon. The folks from Key West Wildlife Center will also be there with some education birds.