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Bonney Butte

Bonney Butte IBA is at the southern terminus of Surveyor’s Ridge on the southeast slope of Mt. Hood within the Mt. Hood National Forest. HawkWatch International runs a migratory raptor observation site on a mostly bald knoll along the ridge at elevation 1,754 m.

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Bonney Butte IBA is at the southern terminus of Surveyor’s Ridge on the southeast slope of Mt. Hood within the Mt. Hood National Forest. HawkWatch International runs a migratory raptor observation site on a mostly bald knoll along the ridge at elevation 1,754 m.

Location:  In the northern Oregon Cascades, approximately 6 miles east-southeast of Government Camp (as the crow flies), on the east side of the White River drainage within the Mount Hood National Forest, Hood River County.

Description:  The Bonney Butte IBA is at the southern terminus of Surveyor’s Ridge, which originates near Hood River, Oregon, and extends southward for approximately 50 km to the southeast flank of Mt. Hood. Bonney Butte is a mostly bald knoll with a summit elevation of 1,754 m. The south and west slopes are steep, dropping approximately 725 m to the White River on the west and 65 m to Bonney Meadows on the east. The area within a 5-km radius of Bonney Butte is forested, except for Bonney Meadows and several clearcut tracts. Hemlock, true firs, and pines are common in the surrounding forests. Several huckleberry species also commonly occur in the area. The observation site is located on the highest point of the butte.

Ornithological Highlights:  Bonney Butte has been a HawkWatch International monitoring location since 1994. Raptors are critical biological indicators of ecosystem health, and migration counts provide efficient, effective ways to collect valuable information and to provide for public learning opportunities.  The season average for total raptors (1994-2001) is 2817 birds, though numbers range from 2,500 to 4,000 annually.  The most numerous species observed are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, with relatively high numbers of Merlins observed here.  Up to 18 species of raptors have been documented in a single season.  In 2010, observers counted 3390 birds across 52 observation days: 588 Red-tailed Hawk, 1,438 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 420 Cooper's Hawk, 446 Turkey Vulture, 47 Northern Goshawk, 80 Golden Eagle, 68 Bald Eagle, and 108 Merlin.

For more information on Bonney Butte IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

Links:
Bonney Butte Raptor Migration Project (HawkWatch International)

IBA of the Month: Bonney Butte

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Location:  In the northern Oregon Cascades, approximately 6 miles east-southeast of Government Camp (as the crow flies), on the east side of the White River drainage within the Mount Hood National Forest, Hood River County.

Description:  The Bonney Butte IBA is at the southern terminus of Surveyor’s Ridge, which originates near Hood River, Oregon, and extends southward for approximately 50 km to the southeast flank of Mt. Hood. Bonney Butte is a mostly bald knoll with a summit elevation of 1,754 m. The south and west slopes are steep, dropping approximately 725 m to the White River on the west and 65 m to Bonney Meadows on the east. The area within a 5-km radius of Bonney Butte is forested, except for Bonney Meadows and several clearcut tracts. Hemlock, true firs, and pines are common in the surrounding forests. Several huckleberry species also commonly occur in the area. The observation site is located on the highest point of the butte.

Ornithological Highlights:  Bonney Butte has been a HawkWatch International monitoring location since 1994. Raptors are critical biological indicators of ecosystem health, and migration counts provide efficient, effective ways to collect valuable information and to provide for public learning opportunities.  The season average for total raptors (1994-2001) is 2817 birds, though numbers range from 2,500 to 4,000 annually.  The most numerous species observed are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, with relatively high numbers of Merlins observed here.  Up to 18 species of raptors have been documented in a single season.  In 2010, observers counted 3390 birds across 52 observation days: 588 Red-tailed Hawk, 1,438 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 420 Cooper's Hawk, 446 Turkey Vulture, 47 Northern Goshawk, 80 Golden Eagle, 68 Bald Eagle, and 108 Merlin.

For more information on Bonney Butte IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

Links:
Bonney Butte Raptor Migration Project (HawkWatch International)

IBA of the Month: Bonney Butte

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