"We already had a mating pair of American coots," said EPCOR Environment Specialist Keyra Hawley Yurchi. "It was very surprising."
Canada geese, mallards, Pied-billed grebes - Hawley Yurchi has already identified 16 migratory birds that are home early and have begun nesting.
Recently, a resident warned one of our crew that an American kestrel (North America's smallest falcon) had been spotted in the woods near where they were working to replace power equipment. The crew called in Hawley Yurchi. Although she couldn't see the little raptor, she used a bird-call phone app to play the kestrel sound – and sure enough, a kestrel called back.