The soaring wings, sharp talons and intense eyes of raptors, have long inspired people. Raptors, or birds of prey, include hawks, eagles, osprey, falcons, owls and vultures. Raptors are powerful hunters and fill unique ecological roles, particularly by preying upon a variety of species including small mammals, insects, fish, birds, snakes and lizards and are indicators of healthy ecosystems.
The number one way that woodland forest owners can provide habitat for raptors is by keeping their land in forestry. This publication provides information on the range, habitat, status and life-cycle of forest-dwelling raptors in Oregon and Washington. It also outlines specific management objectives and practices for small woodland owners interested in enhancing, creating or maintaining habitat for raptors on their woodlands.