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: 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.

Audubon's Last Expedition

Robert McCracken Peck, Senior Fellow
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Saturday, November 1 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

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.

Diversity of Sound

Greg Budney Curator of Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds
Saturday, November 8 at 5:30 pm, Visitor Center

From the famed and 'unquiet' library of sounds, curator Greg Budney shares some of the most spectacular animal sounds in the natural world, and explores strategies of animal communication. From whales to birds to treehoppers in your own backyard, participants will discover the 'window' that sound offers into the fascinating lives of wild creatures.