Peregrine flying above Hawk Mountain, above (Photo: Kevin Watson); Bird-watchers on Hawk Mountain, below
Come to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, for a chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks, and osprey soaring high over a mountaintop preserve that glows with fall foliage. These are among the species represented at the 2,600-acre sanctuary, which offers incredible scenic overlooks, 8 miles of trail, a visitor center, native plant garden, and the Acopian Center for Conservational Learning. Along with more than 13,000 acres of private and public lands, the preserve is part of one of the largest protected tracts of contiguous forest in southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to its raptor population, Hawk Mountain is an important mammal area (you’ll see lots of chipmunks) and the site of an international pilot project of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey.
Your day on the mountain—at the height of the fall migration season—begins with a staff-led orientation followed by a picnic box lunch. Then enjoy an afternoon that includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of the sanctuary’s important work, a hike, special activities, and some up-close time with raptors. Bring along your binoculars and camera. There will be plenty of spectacular things to see and to remember.
The visit includes walking, hiking, and standing on uneven and rocky terrain; moderate and easier hiking options are available. Sturdy shoes are required.
A box lunch is included.
Fringe stop at about 7:55 a.m.
Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St side
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Fringe: I-495, Exit 27 Carpool lot