Programs & Events

Autumn Lecture Series


After a Saturday of hawkwatching, stay for an entertaining and informative talk by Hawk Mountain staff or other wildlife experts. All lectures are FREE and held Saturdays at 5:30 pm in the Visitor Center gallery.

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Chasing Broadwings to Brazil and Back

Saturday, September 19 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Presented by:
Laurie Goodrich, Ph.D
., Director of Long-term Monitoring, Hawk Mountain
Rebecca McCabe, Graduate Student at Hawk Mountain
Get the latest news from our study of broad-winged hawks and their long-distance journeys as they leave nests in Pennsylvania and depart for points in Central and South America and back.

The entangled lives of birds and alien plants: a fatal attraction to burdock

Saturday, September 26 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Presented by:
Todd Underwood, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Kutztown University

Learn about the impact of alien plants on North American birds. Burdocks, plants native to Eurasia, produce their seeds in large burrs, which adhere to animals for dispersal. For small birds, this contact can lead to a fatal entanglement. This talk will explore the general impacts of alien plants on birds and focus on the deadly interaction between birds and burdock burrs.

Bird Strikes and Body Snatchers

Saturday, October 3 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Presented by Dan Klem, Jr., Ph.D., Muhlenberg University
Learn more about this critical conservation issue from the world's foremost authority on bird strikes. Each year billions of birds perish when they collide with glass and Dr. Klem will provide a current overview on the topic and outline how you can help save more bird lives from this deadly interaction.

In a Nut Shell: Animal-mediated Dispersal of Oaks

Saturday, October 10 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Presented by:
Michael Steele, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Wilkes University

Dr. Steele is a behavioral and evolutionary ecologist who studies the interactions between plants and their seed dispersers and seed predators. Much of his latest research, and that of his students, concerns the impact of acorn consumers on oak forest regeneration. Learn more about Dr. Steele’s research and how small mammals are the real Johnny Appleseed, and in essence, design our forest through the dispersal of oak seeds. 

Feeding Wild Birds

Saturday, October 17 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Presented by:
Margaret Barker-Frankel, Writer and Educator and co-author of
Audubon Birdhouse Book
and Feeding Wild Birds

Did you know the hobby of birdfeeding has a history? Join writer and educator Margaret Barker-Frankel as she explores birdfeeding's historical roots. Co-author of the new book, Feeding Wild Birds: Culture, Commerce & Conservation, Margaret coordinated the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWacth in the early to mid-1990's. At her Hawk Mountain Sanctuary talk, she'll emphasize the role that hawks have played in the evolution of bird feeding and will share charming images of bird-feeding sites from long ago.

The Natural History of Bats and their Present-day Threats

Saturday, October 24 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Presented by:
Susan Gallagher, Naturalist, Carbon County Environmental Center

Join Susan Gallagher for a bat chat and learn more about the importance of these fascinating creatures of the night and their conservation threats.

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Moving on Up: Climate Change and Hybridizing Chickadees

Saturday, November 7 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Presented by:
Robert Curry, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Villanova University

For more than 15 years, Dr. Curry and his students have studied hybridization between Black-capped and Carolina chickadees in southeastern Pennsylvania, aided by important collaborative contributions recently from Cornell ornithologists. Intensive field studies at four sites including Hawk Mountain, combined with analysis of genetic data and eBird observations, have revealed rapid northward movement of Carolina chickadees and hybrids, and the retreat of black-capped chickadees in patterns closely associated with climatic trends. Dr. Curry will review findings and unresolved questions, and will discuss the study's relevance for helping us understand the broader effects of climate change on biodiversity.

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