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?
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
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