August 31, 2016

Autumn Lecture Series Begins Sept 3

September 3rd will kick off the Hawk Mountain's Fall Lecture Series with a free lecture by interim president Dr. Keith Bildstein. His presentation "Understanding Vultures" will provide the perfect ending to the Sanctuary's International Vulture Awareness Day celebrations.  A different expert will offer a free lecture most Saturdays through the end of October. All lectures will be held in the Visitor Center.

This year's impressive lecture line-up includes a variety of topics, such as astronomy, rattlesnakes, and even nature-inspired art. There's sure to be something for every visitor. The autumn schedule is as follows:

Understanding Vultures
Saturday, Sept 3
Presented by Dr. Keith Bildstein, Director of Conservation Science

Learn more about Hawk Mountain's studies on the movements of vultures and the important roles they play in natural and human-dominated ecosystems. 

Raptors of South America: A Field Guide
Saturday, Sept 10
Presented by Sergio Seipke, trainee graduate of Hawk Mountain

Join Sergio Seipke as he shares his research and journey to creating the Raptors of South America field guide. He spent more than a decade working on it, and his time as a trainee with Hawk Mountain further motivated and supplemented his work. 

Sky Literacy
Saturday, Sept 17
Presented by Gary Becker

The heavens are ablaze with all types of interesting objects to view and inspire!  Join astronomer Gary Becker as he explains the wonders of our universe.

Timber Rattlesnake Research
Saturday, Oct 1
Presented by Dr. Howard Reinert

Join rattlesnake expert Dr. Howard Reinert to learn more fascinating facts and a summary of fundings from nearly 40 years of research on the behavior, ecology and conservation of this misunderstood species.

Native Bees of Pennsylvania
Saturday, Oct 15
Presented by Dr. Anita Collins

Dr. Collins will discuss many of the 400-plus native bee species of Pennsylvania, covering their beauty and biology, along with current conservation efforts and how you can help keep the buzz. 

The Intersection of Art and Science
Saturday, Oct 29
Presented by Dierdre Murphy

Hawk Mountain's first Artist-in-Residence will share her experience at Hawk Mountain, how migration and flight have influenced her work, and how her artist residency has transformed her studio practice.

After a Saturday of hawkwatching, hiking, and taking in scenic views, visitors are encouraged to stay for an entertaining and informative talk by Hawk Mountain staff or other wildlife experts. No one can turn down the completely FREE and interesting opportunity. More information can be found at For information on other upcoming events for Fall, visit

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