Join U.S.Wildlife Biologist Chris Costello in the Tin Mountain Conservation Center Nature Program, The Natural History of the Goshawk on Thursday, March 11 at 7 PM at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center to learn more about this amazing raptor.

The goshawk is a pursuit predator of the northern forests. It is a powerful raptor with an amazing flying abilities to weave around trees at 40 miles per hour. It is said by some scientists that their split second timing and control in flight is unmatched by any aircraft. the Northern Goshawk is the largest North American accipiter. It takes prey as small as squirrels and as large as grouse, crows, and snowshoe hare.

Wildlife biologist Chris Costello invite you to learn about The northern goshawk that currently breeds throughout the state; however, there is very little historical or contemporary data on the status, reproductive success, and nesting habitat of goshawks in the northeast. To address this information gap, biologists from the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station have been locating nests, banding birds, and describing habitat in the White Mountain National Forest region for several years and have recently expanded this effort to a statewide level.

Costello will also share the results of research conducted on the goshawk’s breeding habitat in New Hampshire. Costello received her master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of New Hampshire in 1995. She has worked as a wildlife biologist for the Northern Research Station for the past 14 years. Currently stationed at the Bartlett Experimental Forest in Bartlett , New Hampshire , Costello spends most of her time conducting field work related to the influences of silvicultural practices on species habitat relationships in northern forest ecosystems. Silviculture is the science of cultivating forests to achieve management objectives.

All nature programs are open to the public and are sponsored by l.L. Bean and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Donations of $3 per person and $5 per family are appreciated. Call 447-6991 for reservations.