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

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

Dan Klem, Jr., Ph.D.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Noted historian and author Bob Peck has been recognized for his extraordinary work retracing the travel routes of a number of 18th- and 19th-century naturalists. Join him to learn more about John James Audubon and his last great adventure through the American West. Peck will describe the nine-month expedition using visuals from his journey, and put the accomplishments of this trip into the broader context of its time.

Lecture coincides with Hawk Mountain's four-month-long Audubon exhibit in the Wings of Wonder Gallery.

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.

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

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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