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An improved definition for raptors, and a new species joins the flock!

Posted on December 10, 2019 in Science

Hawk Mountain scientist Jean-Francois Therrien has collaborated with The Peregrine fund on a recently published peer reviewed paper titled “Commentary: Defining Raptors and Birds of Prey”. The paper, published in the Journal of Raptor Research, presents an updated standard definition for the term “raptor” and also determines that two South American species, the seriemas, may technically be raptors.

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Six-legged Sky Jewels

Posted on December 02, 2019 in Science

Dragonflies' migratory patterns have stumped researchers for decades, yet in the age of efficient tracking technology and citizen science, answers are on the horizon. At Hawk Mountain we contribute data on the numbers of migratory dragonflies that zip past our watch sites.

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New Outdoor Amphitheater Nearing Completion

Posted on November 22, 2019 in Special Projects

After years of careful planning and budgeting, the new Hawk Mountain amphitheater has finally broken ground as of this August, and the bones of this beast are beginning to take shape.

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PPL awards $25,000 grant for Head Start with Hawk Mountain

Posted on November 07, 2019 in Giving

Thanks to a major grant from the PPL Foundation, Hawk Mountain is sharing outdoor education programming with children of Schuylkill County’s Head Start and PA PreK Counts classrooms.

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Living on the Edge

Posted on November 04, 2019 in Science

Former trainee and current PhD student Rebecca McCabe is collaborating with Dr. Laurie Goodrich and colleagues at East Stroudsburg University to study the nesting ecology of broad-winged hawks in three regions of Pennsylvania.

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Kutztown University’s Dr. Todd Underwood Shares Research on Brood Parasitism

Posted on October 31, 2019 in Visitors

With research on brood parasitism spanning more than two decades, Dr. Todd Underwood shares what he has learned about the behavior, and what he will continue to study as he takes a sabbatical at Hawk Mountain’s Acopian Center for Conservation Learning.

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Disney Conservation Fund awards grant to Hawk Mountain for vulture conservation project

Posted on October 29, 2019 in Giving

Hawk Mountain has been awarded a grant by the Disney Conservation Fund for the work to protect two species of critically endangered vultures, the white-backed and hooded, in South Africa through the Sanctuary’s “Safe Spaces” project.

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M&T Charitable Foundation sponsors Raptors Up Close at Hawk Mountain

Posted on October 23, 2019 in Giving

M&T Bank recently awarded Hawk Mountain Sanctuary a $5,000 grant from the M&T Charitable Foundation to support the world-famous Sanctuary and its premier weekend program, Raptors Up Close!.

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Partnership conserves 22 acres at Hawk Mountain

Posted on October 17, 2019 in Special Projects

Hawk Mountain, in partnership with The Conservation Fund and Berks Nature, has acquired 22 acres of land adjacent to its Acopian Center. The undeveloped cropland will be incorporated into the Sanctuary’s landholdings and improved as meadow and grasslands with minimal tree plantings. The acreage is protected forever through a conservation easement held by Berks Nature.

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Age: More Than Just a Number

Posted on September 30, 2019 in Science

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3 Billion Birds Gone: Our Raptor Response

Posted on September 27, 2019 in General

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Collaborative Raptor Research on Bylot Island Further Proves Climate Change

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Science

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Climb Hawk Mountain to raise money for prosthetic nonprofit, ROMP

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Giving

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State Historical Marker Dedicated at Hawk Mountain

Posted on September 05, 2019 in Visitors

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary dedicated an official Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) roadside marker on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

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Hawk Mountain Strengthens Focus on Stewardship

Posted on July 22, 2019 in Special Projects

“It’s a more purposeful job than just land and facility maintenance. Stewardship is about understanding the flora and fauna that are inside the forest, how they interconnect ecologically, and how to protect them.”

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FirstEnergy Foundation awards Hawk Mountain general operating grant

Posted on July 10, 2019 in Giving

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary received support from the FirstEnergy Foundation with a generous grant of $5,500 for general operating.

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Urbanite Peregrines on the Move

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Science

Hawk Mountain is assisting the Pennsylvania Game Commission in deploying nanotags on peregrine fledglings from several nests in the state, including one appropriately located on top of the Rachel Carson building in Harrisburg.

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Hawk Mountain streamlines Science Department with promotions and new hire

Posted on June 25, 2019 in Science

These personnel changes have better streamlined the department and will expand the Sanctuary’s research efforts moving forward.

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Volunteer Trail Weekend for Teens

Posted on June 18, 2019 in Visitors

While Hawk Mountain often holds Trail Days for volunteers to help maintain the wildlife, this is the first weekend-long event.

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Flock to the Mountain This Summer!

Posted on June 06, 2019 in Visitors

During the summertime, the outdoors are warm, bright, and just waiting to be explored, and Hawk Mountain is no exception. In addition to the lush, green trails that are always offered, this summer is bursting with events for everyone to enjoy.

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Spring Migration Wrap-Up

Posted on May 30, 2019 in Science

Each year the Spring Migration Hawk Watch officially runs from April 1 through May 15. Overall, the count was a little below the 10-year average of 983 raptors.

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Breeding Bird Census: Documenting our Forest Symphony

Posted on May 28, 2019 in Education

The sounds of spring are potently defined by the vocalizations of birds.

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Go on an Appalachian Adventure with Our Summer Camp!

Posted on May 08, 2019 in Visitors

As the school year winds down, it’s time to start thinking summer vacation! Twice this summer, Hawk Mountain will host its one-of-a-kind Appalachian Adventure Camp for young nature enthusiasts entering grades 4-8.

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Progress with Partners in Africa

Posted on April 26, 2019 in Giving

Hawk Mountain is currently involved in multiple research projects in Africa, primarily focused on vultures and eagles.

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Global Big Day: Building Community Through Birds

Posted on March 29, 2019 in Special Projects

There is currently growing awareness of a global citizen science project called eBird, initiated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) in Ithaca, New York.

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PPL Electric Utilities partners with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on Peregrine Tracking

Posted on March 26, 2019 in Science

Peregrine falcons are once again making their presence known around PPL's 23-story headquarters in downtown Allentown, giving rise to hope they'll once again nest near the top of the iconic building.

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Raptorthon kicks off spring migration

Posted on March 19, 2019 in Giving

Join Ridgetop Rachela and the Wing Watchers for a fun and informative fundraiser: Raptorthon! This annual event is held in conjunction with our partners at the Hawk Migration Association of North America and helps to support and bring awareness to the importance of monitoring migration.

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Black harrier research: west to east migration?

Posted on February 25, 2019 in Science

Dr. Marie Sophie, a former leadership trainee, recently published a paper on the migratory patterns and settlement areas of the Black Harrier in Southern Africa.

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Education Team Partners with Local Library

Posted on February 18, 2019 in Education

Borrow a backpack for your next trip to the Sanctuary. Available at Hamburg Public Library.

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Calling Local Artists for Partnership

Posted on February 13, 2019 in Special Projects

Hawk Mountain seeks interested local artists to display and sell wares in the Mountain Bookstore

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Ghosts of the Grassland: Farmland Raptor Research

Posted on January 24, 2019 in Science

Dr. Laurie Goodrich co-authors a paper on the decline in farmland raptors

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Hawk Mountain selects Dr. Laurie Goodrich as Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science

Posted on January 16, 2019 in Science

Dr. Laurie Goodrich selected to lead Hawk Mountain's local-to-global programs in raptor conservation science.

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Autumn 2018 Migration Wrap-Up

Posted on January 04, 2019 in Science

Despite the less-than-desirable weather, bald eagles, sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper's hawks, red-shouldered hawks, golden eagles, American kestrels, and merlins all had counts above their 10-year average, and bald eagles and merlins has new season count records.

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Kestrel Update: In the Sanctuary’s Backyard and Beyond

Posted on December 17, 2018 in Science

Long-term research at Hawk Mountain reveals continued challenges for the tiny American kestrel in rural farms and fields.

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In Memoriam: Frederick J. Beste, III

Posted on December 11, 2018 in Giving

Fred Beste served as chairman of the Sanctuary board of directors for more than four years and as a member of the board for more than 15

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Conservation Partnership Conserves 77 Acres in Albany Township

Posted on December 10, 2018 in Special Projects

Hawk Mountain and its partners have collaborated to protect 77 acres in Albany Township

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Hawk Mountain Joins as Educational Partner for the Hanover Bald Eagle Cam

Posted on December 08, 2018 in Education

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Turkey Vulture Collaboration with Coastal Raptors

Posted on November 06, 2018 in Science

In June, Hawk Mountain partnered with Coastal Raptors, a non-profit based out of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, with the goal of deploying transmitters on four turkey vultures.

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Dr. Laurie Goodrich receives Conservation and Education Award

Posted on October 23, 2018 in Science

Laurie Goodrich received a prestigious new award for her dedication to raptor conservation and appreciation.

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M&T Charitable Foundation continues Raptors Up Close sponsorship

Posted on October 11, 2018 in Giving

Hawk Mountain is the proud recipient of generous support from M&T Bank Foundation

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PPL Foundation supports the Sanctuary

Posted on October 09, 2018 in Giving

Hawk Mountain receives continued support from the PPL Foundation with a generous sustaining grant of $2,500 towards the Sanctuary's general operating.

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Native Habitat Garden Anniversary

Posted on September 18, 2018 in Special Projects

Hawk Mountain in 2018 celebrates 30 years of its native habitat garden, a spot to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate native plants, shrubs, and trees.

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Autumn Lecture Series Begins on Sept 8

Posted on September 12, 2018 in Education

Dr. Nina Schoch from Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation will kick off the annual autumn lecture series.

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Hawk Mountain's Rachel Spagnola named Educator of the Year

Posted on August 22, 2018 in Education

Schuylkill Conservation District named Rachel Taras Spagnola, Senior Educator at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, their 2018 Educator of the Year. The annual awards ceremony was held Tuesday, August 21.

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Autumn Migration 2018 Has Begun

Posted on August 15, 2018 in Visitors

Hawk Mountain invites visitors to watch and monitor the annual passage of raptor migrants as they move south during the Autumn Hawk Watch, held daily August 15 through December 15, at the Sanctuary’s famous North Lookout. Trail fees apply for non-members and cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Members are admitted free year-round, and memberships can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center

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Broadwing Project ends successful season

Posted on August 02, 2018 in Science

Hawk Mountain scientists tag first male broadwings during the 2018 research season in its long-term study of the movement ecology of broad-winged hawks

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Hawk Mountain receives hightest rating from Guidestar

Posted on July 23, 2018 in Giving

Hawk Mountain earned the Platinum Level of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by Guidestar, the world's largest source of Non Profit information

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Open House for Professional Educators

Posted on July 18, 2018 in Education

Hawk Mountain will host a FREE open house to share tools, materials, programs, and more with professional educators and prospective education trainees.

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Hawk Mountain to host inaugural Birds & Brew

Posted on July 05, 2018 in Visitors

Join us for Birds and Brew, a chance to enjoy unlimited beer tastings from up to a dozen local breweries, along with high-class food, a commemorative 6 ounce glass, and live music entertainment, all to benefit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

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Director of Conservation Science to retire

Posted on July 03, 2018 in Science

Hawk Mountain's first Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science, Dr. Keith Bildstein, has announced he will retire later this year.

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Snowy owl research featured in prestigious journal

Posted on June 14, 2018 in Science

The last chapter of a thesis by Hawk Mountain Graduate Student Audrey Robillard was featured in the May issue of the prestigious Journal of Avian Biology. Audrey worked with Hawk Mountain to study the movement ecology of the snowy owl

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Partnership conserves 2,400 acres

Posted on June 07, 2018 in Special Projects

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy announced that the two will protect over 2,400 acres of Sanctuary forestland for generations to come.

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Annual Arts Tour promote local art and nature

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Visitors

All roads lead to local artists on the Hawk Mountain Arts Tour and Sale on Saturday, June 2 from 9 am to 5 pm. Now in its 13th year, the tour has grown to include more than 40 artists and businesses with the addition of a satellite location hosted by the Hamburg Arts Alliance.

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Native Plant Sale on May 19-20

Posted on May 12, 2018 in Visitors

Hawk Mountain's annual spring sale of natives will feature nearly 300 species of Pennsylvania wildflowers, vines, grasses, ferns, shrubs, and trees.

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Endangered Raptor Exhibit on ADA Trail

Posted on March 13, 2018 in Education

The international award-winning, ADA accessible Silhouette Trail, which meanders through Hawk Mountain's ridge-top forest between the Trail Head and South Lookout, has undergone another display transformation. The trail-side gallery now features 7 new raptor silhouettes, this time of a specific bird of prey.

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Studying vultures in the Sonoran Desert

Posted on March 09, 2018 in Science

Dr. Keith Bildstein and Senior Research Biologist Dr. Jean-Francois Therrien discuss their recent trip to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona to track and tag turkey and black vultures.

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New classroom posters available

Posted on January 10, 2018 in Education

The posters feature the broad-winged hawk and black vulture, two raptor species that breed in Pennsylvania. The full-color designs were published with support from the Pennsylvania Wild Resources Conservation Program, and offer vibrant illustrations by wildlife artist Bob Sopchick.

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Trainees study local black vulture movements

Posted on January 08, 2018 in Science

Conservation science trainee Adehl Schwaderer offered a follow up about Hawk Mountain's new "groundtruthing" field work, where she and a fellow trainee tracked and observed local vultures and their roosting sites. She discussed their successes and tribulations, attempting to trap and tag vultures after tracking them down.

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Sean Grace selected as Sanctuary President

Posted on January 02, 2018 in Special Projects

Following an extensive national search, Hawk Mountain is pleased to welcome Sean Grace as its next new president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, effective January 1, 2018.

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Trainees Serve as "Vulture Detectives"

Posted on December 26, 2017 in Science

In a recent blog, former conservation science trainee Zoey Greenberg discusses Hawk Mountain's new "groundtruthing" field work, where she and a fellow trainee tracked and observed local vultures and their roosting sites.

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Tompkins VIST Bank Supports Sanctuary Education

Posted on December 12, 2017 in Giving

Visiting school groups at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will continue to enjoy guided field trips, thanks in part to support from Tompkins VIST Bank, which recently awarded $5,000 in Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funding to the Sanctuary. The gift helps to support educational programming at Hawk Mountain for public school groups.

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Scientific Paper Reveals New Findings in Soaring Raptors

Posted on November 27, 2017 in Science

Recently published findings by Hawk Mountain Post-doc Maricel Grana Grilli of Argentina reveals that wing size, instead of wing shape, relates to migratory habits in soaring birds like the turkey vulture.

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Hawk Mountain Mentors Spanish Colleagues

Posted on November 14, 2017 in Science

Lola Cano Caballero, The Executive Director of CIMA (Centro por Internacional Migracion de Aves) in Tarifa, Spain, is spending a week at Hawk Mountain exchanging ideas and planning collaborations with Sanctuary scientists and educators.

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Digital Photo Contest Closes Nov 26

Posted on October 27, 2017 in Visitors

Grab your camera and get to the Mountain, because Sunday, November 26 marks the final day for photographers to submit entries for the Hawk Mountain Digital Photo Contest.

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Major advance in global raptor monitoring

Posted on October 16, 2017 in Science

On October 16, 2017, a supply ship delivered to the International Space Station a new antenna that will help reduce the cost of tracking raptors globally from more than $4000 a unit to less than $600. The international team that helped jump-start this development met to discuss this ambitious venture at Hawk Mountain in February of 2009.

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Hawk Mountain publishes children's book

Posted on October 06, 2017 in Education

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary staff and interns have published a new children's book, "Percy the Victorious Vulture," based on the true and inspirational story of a flightless black vulture that lives in Kempton, PA. The book serves as a new education tool to teach children about vulture behavior, raptor conservation, and citizen science.

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Hawk Mountain receives general operating grant from PPL Foundation

Posted on October 03, 2017 in Giving

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s daily operations, from global training and research to welcoming school groups, receive continued support from a generous PPL Foundation grant.

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New Publication by Hawk Mountain scientists shows seasonal changes in migration timing

Posted on September 27, 2017 in Science

"The study indicated that since 1985, most raptors spend two additional days per decade north of the seven hawkwatch sites. This supports the notion that global change may be having profound impacts on population and ecosystem dynamics in this avian guild."

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Welcome AmeriCorps to Hawk Mountain's Trails

Posted on June 30, 2017 in Giving

"Since AmeriCorps roots stem from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program of the 1930’s, it is fitting that they are partnering with us to assist in meeting our land management goals. This is a great collaboration for the Sanctuary."

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Hawk Mountain Receives Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Giving

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity monitor. This is the third consecutive year that the organization holds the highest possible rating.

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Jack Holcomb receives Warden Award: Hawk Mountain's Highest Honor

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Visitors

Jack Holcomb received this award due to his admirable 40 plus years of service for the Sanctuary, which included volunteering behind the bookstore counter or at the trail entrance as the "Keeper of the Gate."

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Hawk Mountain receives international award for Silhouette Trail

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Visitors

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Hawk Mountain's Dr. Keith Bildstein Published New Book

Posted on May 03, 2017 in Special Projects

Keith L. Bildstein has watched and studied raptors on five continents and is well prepared to explain their critical importance, not only as ecological entities but also as inspirational tokens across natural and human-dominated landscapes.

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PPL Electric Utilities supports conservation education with $5000 donation

Posted on April 05, 2017 in Giving

This grant will support the Sanctuary's educational programming available for school groups and to the public.

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New Raptors Take Over Silhouette Trail

Posted on February 15, 2017 in Visitors

The ADA accessible Silhouette Trail, which meanders through Hawk Mountain's ridge-top forest between the Trail Head and South Lookout, has undergone its first display transformation this past month.

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New Distance Education Programs Extend Hawk Mountain's Educational Outreach

Posted on February 06, 2017 in Education

Distance education allows students anywhere to engage and learn about raptors without having to attend the Sanctuary.

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One Busy Education Team

Posted on December 12, 2016 in Education

Along with the abundance of hikers and outdoor-loving families, the Sanctuary's Education team hosted many visiting groups with various programs this Fall.

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New Bald Eagle record at Hawk Mountain

Posted on December 05, 2016 in Science

As of December 5, the count currently stands at 456 bald eagles, and it will continue until December 15.

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Raising awareness of the Farmland Raptor Project

Posted on September 26, 2016 in Education

Volunteer Katie Andrews spent last Saturday at the German Cultural Heritage Center in Kutztown to promote our Farmland Raptor Program.

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M&T Bank Continues Support of Raptors Up Close Program

Posted on September 08, 2016 in Giving

The sponsorship allows Hawk Mountain to provide the "M&T Bank Raptors Up Close!" show for FREE at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm every Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine.

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Eric Masterson to bike the migration route of Broad-winged Hawks

Posted on August 09, 2016 in Special Projects

Masterson will follow the path of broad-winged hawks as they migrate from his home in New Hampshire to South America.

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Welcome Gigi Romano as New Communications Specialist

Posted on July 21, 2016 in Special Projects

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary recently announced that Gigi Romano, Allentown, will serve as the Sanctuary’s new Communications Specialist.

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Conservation Corps build new steps for South Lookout

Posted on June 29, 2016 in Special Projects

Last Tuesday, the Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps worked with Director of Land & Facilities Todd Bauman to construct an all-natural stepped pathway between South Lookout and its platform.

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Local students place in state history competition

Posted on June 08, 2016 in Education

Congratulations to Maya Halma and Arti Dhareshwar who took 3rd place at the Pennsylvania State History Day championship.

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Hawk Mountain trainee publishes in peer-reviewed journal

Posted on April 27, 2016 in Science

Adrián Naveda-Rodríguez, a Hawk Mountain Conservation Science Trainee during Spring 2007, has just published the bulk of his Master’s thesis in Biodiversity and Conservation.

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Research reveals a stronghold for a Critically Endangered African vulture

Posted on April 15, 2016 in Science

"Westernmost Gambia, it turns out, is a brilliant bright spot in an otherwise dark sky for hooded vultures, the smallest of Africa’s 11 species of vultures."

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Video shares snapshot of Pennsylvania

Posted on February 26, 2016 in Science

Pablo Santonja Serrano, Alcoi, Spain, an autumn 2015 graduate of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's acclaimed International Conservation Science Training Program, has shared a video that captures his three months living and learning in Pennsylvania.

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Hawk Mountain receives grant from Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

Posted on January 07, 2016 in Giving

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has received a $22,300 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund to protect several endangered species of Gyps vultures in Pakistan.

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Raptor count ends but hawks still passing

Posted on January 07, 2016 in Science

“That makes January and February a great time to visit, especially to watch for red-tailed hawks and bald eagles.”

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"Vulture Restaurants" aid field work

Posted on December 10, 2015 in Science

I have just returned from 10 days in the field in and around Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa where temperatures soared to 108 °F, and I have much to report.

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Keith Bildstein elected Fellow of AAAS

Posted on November 23, 2015 in Science

“Keith is a scientific researcher and engaging speaker who has traveled the globe to study and conserve birds of prey worldwide.”

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Hawk Mountain honored for improving accessibility with new trail

Posted on November 07, 2015 in Visitors

“This project is one of the greatest inclusionary outcomes in our entire region, if not in the entire state.”

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Post-doc student news

Posted on October 16, 2015 in Science

Her recent award means that following this work,which will take her through 2017, she has a secured position as a raptor biologist in Argentina.

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Art exhibit in Philadelphia based on Hawk Mountain experience

Posted on September 14, 2015 in Special Projects

Philadelphia artist Deirdre Murphy has announced two upcoming exhibitions inspired by her time at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

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Quantum donates mobility chairs to Hawk Mountain

Posted on September 14, 2015 in Giving

“Our motivation is to give back to the community and now that Hawk Mountain has opened its first Accessible Trail, we wanted to do our part to offer mobility for some of the Sanctuary’s guests.”

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Hawk Mountain opens Accessible Trail

Posted on July 28, 2015 in Visitors

Hawk Mountain is setting a new standard for outdoor spaces since no guidelines exist at the state or local level.

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A rarity for raptor research

Posted on July 07, 2015 in Science

A turkey vulture trapped and tagged with a satellite telemetry unit in 2004 by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was recently re-sighted more than a decade later and with its transmitter still working.

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Congressman Matt Cartwright visits the Mountain

Posted on June 08, 2015 in Visitors

Congressman Matt Cartwright spent some time learning about Hawk Mountain, its raptor conservation mission, and its programs in scientific research, training and education during a recent visit to the Sanctuary on Saturday, June 6.

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Accessible Trail at Hawk Mountain

Posted on April 02, 2015 in Visitors

Hawk Mountain in July 2015 opened its first Accessible Trail to the nearby South Lookout.

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Tagged broadwing moves about South America

Posted on February 13, 2015 in Science

“We’re not sure if this is the beginning of a return migration or if she is just wandering, but we look forward to watching her journey and hope to see her return to Pennsylvania this spring.”

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2014 Migration Summary

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Science

Another year is in the books and it was an exciting season of record counts and near misses.

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Hawk Mountain volunteer named Disney Conservation Hero

Posted on November 04, 2014 in Giving

Sue Robertson, age 86, has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for her work for more than 40 years.

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Conservation winners selected

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Visitors

The team at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary congratulates our conservation winners and thanks them for their participation.

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Sanctuary celebrates state, county grants

Posted on July 30, 2014 in Giving

A group of state and Berks County elected officials including Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley gathered at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to launch the Sanctuary’s latest visitor upgrade.

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Goats in the Woods

Posted on July 18, 2014 in Science

This summer, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary embarked on a wooly experiment: testing the use of goats as a no-chemical alternative to invasive plant removal.

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2014 Caterpillar Outbreak

Posted on June 23, 2014 in Science

Hawk Mountain this spring observed a unique outbreak of several defoliating caterpillars, including gypsy moths within the Sanctuary forest.

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Dir of Education featured on radio show

Posted on June 03, 2014 in Education

Erin Brown sat down with Doyle Dietz to record his weekly "Experience the Outdoors" talk show.

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Youth volunteer honored as Eagle Scout

Posted on April 04, 2014 in Giving

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary congratulates Peter Phelan, a Sanctuary volunteer since the age of 4 who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout for promoting the conservation of the American kestrel.

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Meet our new Director of Education

Posted on April 03, 2014 in Education

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary welcomes Erin Brown as its first Director of Education in nearly two decades.

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Hawk Mountain Research Associate featured in New York Times Science Section

Posted on March 26, 2014 in Science

The New York Times Science section yesterday summarized a recent paper in The Auk by Hawk Mountain Research Associate Dr. Corinne Kendall on the foraging ecology of vultures in Africa, and including quotes by Corinne.

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Former Hawk Mountain trainee in Nigeria receives grant

Posted on March 24, 2014 in Science

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary conservation trainee Fidel Atuo, Nigeria, has received a Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation from the Rufford Foundation, a UK-based organization that funds nature conservation in developing countries.

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Filming the Falklands

Posted on March 17, 2014 in Science

Field work in the Falklands took a school yard turn this month as Hawk Mountain's Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science Dr. Keith Bildstein and graduate student Melissa Bobowski presented the inquisitive striated caracaras with a series of intelligence tests.

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Meet educator Adam Carter

Posted on February 03, 2014 in Education

He is "thrilled to be back at Hawk Mountain and can't wait to interact with visitors and experience the raptor migration."

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New graduate student leads broadwing study

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Science

A recent graduate of Millersville University, Rebecca performed an independent observational study on the nesting behavior of Broad-winged Hawks at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary during which she located nest sites and documented nesting behavior.

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Meet Katie Marrone

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Education

Katie will graduate from Kutztown University (KU) this May with a bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in professional writing.

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Meet Jennifer Cleary

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Education

Jenn is a professional writing student at Kutztown University where she is slated to graduate in May with a B.A. in English and a minor in public relations.

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Meet Jennifer Mohr

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Education

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Hawk Mountain research featured in prestigious journal PLoS ONE

Posted on January 10, 2014 in Science

African vultures are famous for quickly finding carcasses, so much so that they are considered clairvoyants in parts of Africa. But just how do vultures know where to find food across vast regions in the first place?

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Sanctuary receives three grants totaling $550,000

Posted on December 19, 2013 in Giving

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association has been awarded three grants totaling $550,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

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Student is thankful for Hawk Mountain

Posted on December 13, 2013 in Visitors

"The best way to protect raptors is to engage young people ... to inform, educate and inspire the next generation. What a great holiday gift to read her note."

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New study will track long-distance flight of broadwings

Posted on December 04, 2013 in Science

A team of Hawk Mountain biologists in spring 2014 will tag and track up to six juvenile broad-winged hawks that nest on Hawk Mountain, and follow their long-distance journey to wintering grounds in Central and South America.

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Hawk Mountain receives $100,000 for critical land conservation project

Posted on November 25, 2013 in Giving

Hawk Mountain is one step closer to protecting 85 acres of contiguous land, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

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Warden Award: Carl Roe

Posted on November 06, 2013 in Giving

The Hawk Mountain board of directors at its annual meeting presented Carl Roe with its highest honor, the Warden Award.

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Richard Crossley joins Sanctuary board

Posted on November 05, 2013 in Giving

Internationally-acclaimed birder Richard Crossley, the photographer and author of the widely popular “Crossley Guide series, was recently elected to a four-year term on the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary board where he will serve on the education committee.

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Meet Melissa Bobowski

Posted on October 28, 2013 in Science

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Meet Camille Concepcion

Posted on October 28, 2013 in Education

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Hawk Mountain launches study on Hooded Vultures in Africa

Posted on October 07, 2013 in Science

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Hawk Mountain science featured on National Geographic Education

Posted on October 07, 2013 in Science

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Hawk Mountain debuts bald eagle film

Posted on September 16, 2013 in Special Projects

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M&T Bank presents $5000

Posted on August 28, 2013 in Giving

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Wing tagging black vultures

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Science

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Hawk Mountain group receives national award for conservation

Posted on April 05, 2013 in Science

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Online 'vulture marathon' begins

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Education

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Fieldwork in the Falklands

Posted on February 25, 2013 in Science

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Autumn 2012: A golden migration

Posted on December 29, 2012 in Science

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New paper on Caracara research

Posted on December 17, 2012 in Science

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New record for Golden Eagles

Posted on December 05, 2012 in Science

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Sanctuary offering new virtual visits

Posted on December 01, 2012 in Education

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New blog: education at Hawk Mountain

Posted on November 02, 2012 in Education

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Acopian Center 10th Anniversary

Posted on August 29, 2012 in Science

Hawk Mountain celebrates the first ten years of the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning, its three-building biological field station located at the base of Hawk Mountain.

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African vulture expert Corinne Kendall

Posted on May 17, 2012 in Science

Watch a video from the field of Hawk Mountain Graduate Student Corinne Kendall who talks about the African vulture crisis and the hope found in outreach and education, along with what else needs to be done.

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African vultures in big trouble

Posted on April 25, 2012 in Science

African vultures, nearly all of them, are in big trouble. From the once ubiquitous African White-backed and Hooded Vulture to the decidedly less common Lappet-faced and Cape Vulture, all 11 species of Africa’s vultures appear to be in substantial decline. Unintended poisoning, use in both traditional medicine” and the bush meat trade, and widespread habitat loss all are taking their tolls.

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Sanctuary study connects countries and cultures

Posted on November 14, 2011 in Science

Scientists at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a raptor-migration watchsite in Kempton, Pa, report that, for the first time ever, counters at partner watchsites in Veracruz, Mexico have sighted several of Hawk Mountain's wing-tagged turkey vultures migrating south this autumn. The birds involved were tagged by former Sanctuary intern Adrian Naveda in northwestern Venezuela, and were seen by another former intern in Veracruz, Mexico.

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Scavengers enjoy "vulture restaurants" in Korea

Posted on January 20, 2011 in Science

In a recent post on The Vulture Chronicles, Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science Dr. Keith Bildstein blogs about his recent trip to Korea and how the vultures there are fairing (hint: it's good news!).

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