Hawk Mountain’s Autumn Migration Hawk Watch is off to a flying start
Hawk Mountain invites visitors to watch and monitor the annual passage of raptor migrants as they move south during the Autumn Hawk Watch, held daily August 15 through December 15, at the Sanctuary’s famous North Lookout. Trail fees apply for non-members and cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Members are admitted free year-round, and memberships can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center.
Hawk Mountain will kick off the 2018 season with an open house celebration on August 11 that includes naturalists in the Native Plant Garden, Raptors Up Close! programs in the amphitheater at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and raptor identification at South Lookout, and the annual Mountain Raffle drawing taking place at noon. The bird feeder station, Education Building open house, membership table, and optics specialist station are also available for guests. For more information about the event and times of programs, visit hawkmountain.org/events.
During the count, Sanctuary staff, trainees, and volunteers will be stationed at the lookouts to help visitors spot and identify raptors including broad-winged hawks, kestrels, vultures, ospreys, and bald eagles. An average 18,000 raptors pass the Sanctuary each autumn. For raptor enthusiasts and those who cannot make it to Hawk Mountain, daily counts are posted throughout the season at www.hawkmountain.org.
Equipped with binoculars and a full daypack, visitors are invited to spend the day at North Lookout to enjoy the breathtaking autumn colors and soaring raptors. Binoculars can be rented at the Visitor Center, and staff members there can offer tips and suggestions for trails and lookouts. The nearby South Lookout may be preferable to those with small children or with limited mobility, and it can be reached using the wheelchair-accessible Silhouette Trail.
During the fall migration, there will also be weekend programs included free with paid admission that run from September 1 through November 4. Additionally, on Saturdays during September and October, several speakers will give talks on their experiences and expertise as part of the Autumn Lecture Series. Information about all of these programs can be found at hawkmountain.org/events.
The 2,500-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the public year-round by trail-fee or membership, which in turn supports the non-profit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local-to-global research, training, and education programs. To learn more about Hawk Mountain or other programs, please call 610-756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.
Autumn Migration Hawk Watch
Daily, August 15 – December 15
9am – 5pm
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton
Autumn Migration Kick-off Open House
Saturday, August 11
10am – 3pm
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center, Kempton
Birds & Brew
Saturday, August 11
5pm – 8 pm
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Amphitheater, Kempton