February 28, 2014

Explore birds from the Big Apple with Hawk Mountain

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary invites birders to explore the Big Apple during a Central Park Birding Bus expedition on Friday, May 2. Cost is $80 and includes a 6 a.m. departure from Cabela’s, Hamburg, the guided bird walk upon arrival, a 3 p.m. departure from the city, and snacks and beverages on the bus. To reserve a seat, please call 610-756-6961610-756-6961  by March 31.

Former Hawk Mountain trainee Dr. Robert "Birding Bob" DeCandido, and birder and wildlife photographer Deborah Allen will lead the two- to three-hour bird walk, and afterwards, participants will have free time to explore on their own. 

“Central Park played a monumental role in the life of Hawk Mountain’s founder, Rosalie Edge” says Sanctuary Bookstore Manager Mary-Therese Grob. “This is a terrific opportunity to follow in her footsteps and to highlight Hawk Mountain’s 80th anniversary celebration,” she adds.

  Central Park is a birding hot spot nestled in the heart of New York City, and boasts more than 280 documented species. The 834-acre natural area features a variety of habitats, and offers welcoming green space with shelter and food needed by the migrant birds that move north and south along the East Coast. Rosalie Edge commonly birded in an area of Central Park known as The Ramble, known for its springtime warblers and other returning neotropical songbirds.

"Birding Bob" DeCandido was a Hawk Mountain intern during 1985 and has since led guided walks in Central Park for more than two decades. In 1997 he started a project to reintroduce Screech-Owls into Central Park, and is considered one of the nation’s leading naturalists. He also is known internationally, particularly for his work on raptors of Asia. 

Celebrating 80 years in raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary, 8-mile trail system and Visitor Center is open to the public year-round. A trail fee or membership dues supports local to global conservation programs, including public education, professional training and scientific research programs. Visit to learn more. 

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