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General News · 4th July 2018
FOCI - Helen
Then Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) would like to know!

These amazing birds visit the island this time of year and can be seen 'hawking' for insects on summer evenings over treetops and grasslands. Their sharp electric peent call is often the first clue they are overhead. You can find out more about them and listen to their call at this link

If you spot them, we would love to hear from you! Please tell us the location, date and time and how many you have seen, by emailing us at

Common Nighthawks are one of 16 species at risk we are are seeking to find out more about on Cortes, including:
Great Blue Heron
Western Toad
Sooty Grouse
Barn Swallow
Western Screech Owl
Silver Spotted Skipper
Northern Red-Legged Frog
Caspian Tern
Coastal Cutthroat Trout
Threaded Virtigo (snail)
Northern Pygmy Owl
Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Northern Goshawk
Townsend's Big Eared Bat
Pacific Sideband Snail