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 pm in the Visitor Center gallery.
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Bald eagles in Pa: Conservation success story
Patti Barber, Biologist
Endangered Species Biologist
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Saturday, September 28 at 5 pm, Visitor Center
Join us for an informative presentation on the conservation success story of the Bald Eagle in Pennsylvania, including a look back on the times when eagles had all but disappeared from the Commonwealth, and an update on the impressive number of nests throughout the state. Patti’s talk will include information on breeding success rates, and the newer issue of human-eagle interactions and how to move forward in a shared environment.
Passionately Curious: Striated Caracaras on the Falkland Islands
Keith Bildstein, Ph.D., Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science
Saturday, October 5
Dr. Bildstein has been studying scavenging raptors since 2003, including fieldwork on turkey vultures in the Falkland Islands. Here, his research expanded to include the island’s other scavenging raptor, the Striated Caracara, a globally-threatened island-endemic bird of prey. Dr. Bildstein will share background on the adaptations of this charismatic raptor, why the birds are so easy to trap and tag, the experience of spending more than a month on the barren Falklands without access to phones or email, and why these amazing birds face a conservation crisis.
Pennsylvania Barn Owls: A grassland raptor in decline
Daniel Mummert, Wildlife Diversity Biologist,
Saturday, October 19 at 5 pm, Visitor Center
Learn more about the Pennsylvania
Game Commission and their statewide conservation initiative to learn more about
the Barn Owl and how landowners can help to slow its decline. Dan’s talk will
cover the basics of Barn Owl biology, the conservation issues that affect their
population, his work banding the nestlings, the basics of barn owl nest boxes,
and the new partnership with Hawk Mountain and its Farmland Raptor Project.
Satellite tracking Ospreys: Migration, Ecology, and Conservation
October 12 at 5 pm, Visitor Center
Rob Bierregaard, Ph.D., Research Associate in
Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University
Rob Bierregaard has been tagging Ospreys in the eastern
United States since 2000, and shares with us his work using satellite
transmitters on 37 juvenile and 23 adult Ospreys. His studies, the first to
ever collect a significant body of data on juvenile migration, have led to
surprising discoveries about the dispersal and migration of naïve Ospreys as
they leave their natal territories and explore the world around them. Rob
shares a look inside the nest and along the migratory path, and explains how
the ever-more sophisticated satellite technology is enabling
scientists to document unprecedented detail on the hunting behavior of adult
males feeding their families.