Thursday, October 28, 2021

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Meet Eagles Up Close Nov. 6; Peak Golden Eagle Migration Time

On November 6,
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary visitors in Berks County will have a guaranteed opportunity to see both a bald and a golden eagle up close during the Eagle Day event

The one-day-only eagle programs will be presented by Carbon County Environmental Education Center at Noon and 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary's Amphitheater. The program is free for Members or with a trail pass, which can be purchased here.

Eagle Day coincides with the peak of golden eagle migration at Hawk Mountain. The golden eagle is rare to see throughout the northeast, but during the autumn, an average of 134 are spotted at the Sanctuary. 

Fortunately, bald eagles are no longer a rare sight from North Lookout, with a record average of 438 seen in a season. Early November is the best time to catch both a golden and bald eagle migrating past the Mountain on the same day.

"Golden and bald eagles may fly close to the lookouts, particularly on windy days," says Dr. Laurie Goodrich, Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain. "Migration in November is the best time to see the species as they pass over the colorful ridge."

The annual Mountain Raffle will also be drawn on this day at 4:00 p.m. Tickets cost $3, or you can get 5 tickets for $10, 15 tickets for $25, or 50 tickets for $50, and they can be purchased, with cash or check only, up until 3:45 p.m. 

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Visitors in early November can also expect large numbers of red-tailed hawks, the Sanctuary's third-most numerous migrant, and there is the possibility of sighting the rarer northern goshawk. 

The official Hawk Mountain raptor count will continue until December 15, and weekend programs are held until Sunday, November 21. 

Check out other upcoming programs.

The air finally feels like fall, and hopefully the persistent rain will give the Mountain a break as the season moves forward. It is the perfect time to plan a visit to Hawk Mountain for a hike, program, and day of bird-watching. 

For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary website or call 610-756-6961.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Sanctuary, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, visit them on Flickr and visit their YouTube ChannelClick Here to support Hawk Mountain.

[Posted: October 28, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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