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Pateros hosts Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival

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PATEROS – There were not as many vendors as in 2017, but this year’s Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival drew several familiar faces to the Saturday gathering in Pateros Memorial Park, last Saturday, Sept. 15.

While carpools of raptor watchers made the several-hour trip to the tracking and observation site on Chelan Ridge, others took in the attractions in downtown Pateros.
HawkWatch biologist Dave Oleyar delivered a series of lectures and slide presentations at the Brewster Public Library, Pateros Public Library, and Pateros Fire Hall Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13-14.

In the park, Daniel Anderman, from Leavenworth, with parents Paul and Terry, displayed his custom-built Bluebird houses that Daniel, who has Down Syndrome, has been drilling and assembling for the past 15 years.

Daniel has built more than 2,000 birdhouses and following the wildfires that swept through the area in 2014-15, donated many to the Okanogan Chapter of the Audubon Society. His birdhouses were installed along Buzzard Lake Road west of Okanogan to provide needed nesting sites for birds.

Brad Felger, whose business, Air Strike Bird Control, specializes in chasing nuisance birds away from orchards and vineyards with trained falcons, made a return trip to Pateros with several of his raptors.

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