Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, located along the Appalachian flyway in eastern Pennsylvania, was founded in 1934 as the world’s first sanctuary for raptors. With 2,500 acres of land dedicated to conservation, the sanctuary is connected to an important migratory pathway that thousands of birds pass through daily in peak fall migration.
Here, data was collected and utilized to help ban the use of DDT in the 1970s and helped save our eagle species. Research continues to this day on several different species of raptors and other important animals that call the mountain their home.
Join a Hawk Mountain raptor-care specialist and educator who covers the history of the sanctuary and its longest-running raptors point count survey; the intricate landscape of the Kittatinny Ridge and how it funnels 17 diurnal species during the annual fall migration, including some that travel to South America for the winter. They also discuss adaptations of raptors and why they make such important apex predators in several forest biomes—and offer a chance to meet a raptor up close.
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