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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Roger Tory Peterson: His Life & Legacy

Lee Allen Peterson, Author
Saturday, September 20 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Beginning with A Field Guide to the Birds, first published in 1934, Roger Tory Peterson made bird and other natural history identifications accessible, and ushered in the era of birding with binoculars as opposed to collecting specimens with guns. Learn more about his life from his youngest son, Lee, who wrote his own Peterson Guide to Edible Plants.

Monarch Migration: A Natural Wonder at Risk?

John Drummond
Monarch biologist, Lafayette College
Saturday, September 27 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

The monarch population has experienced a dramatic decline over the last decade, 43% below the long-term average, and the lowest-ever wintering population in Mexico was recorded in winter 2012-2013. This follows a previous all-time low just three years prior. What is causing this decline? What does it mean for the future of the monarch population? John's talk will review the factors leading to the decline and will highlight critical actions that need to be taken. There is hope, and John will share how you can help the monarchs.

Fisher Conservation in Pennsylvania: Past, Present, and Future

Thomas Serfass, Professor Wildlife Ecology
Frostburg State University
Saturday, October 11 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

Learn more about the biology of fishers, their disappearance from Pennsylvania forests, and the species’ recent recovery thank to the 1994 Pennsylvania Fisher Reintroduction Project. This talk will cover the factors that contributed to the fisher decline, the progressive changes in forest management practices that have helped improve their habitat, and the future conservation challenges for the species.