In 2017 Hawk Mountain researchers are conducting an initial
survey of the Kittatinny Ridge for nesting goshawks in collaboration with the
Pennsylvania Goshawk Project (see www.pabiologicalsurvey.org).
Although goshawks nested along the Ridge during the 1980s,
few nest sightings have been reported in the recent decade. State ornithologists believe the range of
goshawk may have contracted across the state with remaining nests located only
in northern counties.
With support of the Kittatinny Ridge Coalition, Hawk
Mountain and its volunteers are hoping to visit historical nesting areas to
assess remaining habitat for goshawks and determine if nests may still exist.
We are seeking experienced birdwatchers and hikers to search
areas of forest along the Ridge. If you
are out in forests of Pennsylvania and see a goshawk, please report it using
our online data form. For information on identification of goshawks, their call
and a nest description, see www.pabiologicalsurvey.org.
All nests will be
kept confidential and locations not divulged except to implement state habitat
conservation. If you have questions
regarding this study or use of the data gathered, contact Laurie Goodrich,
Director of Long-term Monitoring, 570-943-3411 x106 or Goodrich@hawkmountain.org.
Reports can also be sent to email@example.com.