April 04, 2019

Hawk Mountain announces 2019 Spring Lecture Series

Saturday, April 6th will kick off the Hawk Mountain Spring Lecture Series with a free lecture by Kyle Schutt, Insect Management Technician at the Schuylkill Conservation District, and Evan Corondi, Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Program & Outreach Coordinator at the Berks Conservation District.

This year's line-up features regional experts who focus their life work various conservation efforts. A different expert will offer a free lecture most Saturdays throughout the end of May. All lectures take place at 5 PM in the Hawk Mountain Visitor Center Gallery, except for Birdability on May 11, which will be held in the ADA-accessible Education Building.

The 2019 Spring Lecture schedule is as follows:

Spotted Lanternfly: ID, Control, and Education
Saturday, April 6

Kyle Schutt of the Schuylkill Conservation District and Evan Corondi of the Berks Conservation District will present an introduction and biology of the invasive spotted lanternfly, the potential hazardous effects this species can have on our environment, economy, and quality of life, and methods of control.

From Superfund Site to Environmental Education Center
Saturday, April 13

The Lehigh Gap was transformed from a barren, contaminated moonscape to a viable wildlife habitat, and it is the first and only Superfund site to ever transform into an environmental education center. Executive Director Dan Kunkle will share the inspiring story of how volunteers became involved in the transformation of the Kittatinny Ridge and the challenges they faced along the way.

Journeys: Ospreys, Technology, and an Author
Saturday, April 20

Biologist Rob Bierregaard will discuss his last 18 years, placing GPS satellite transmitters on over 100 ospreys from South Carolina to Newfoundland, Canada. Rob and his team studied their migration, and with each advance in technology they were able to understand more and more about the navigation of ospreys. Rob then wrote a children's book about his favorite osprey and her journey.

Pennsylvania Boreal Forest Birds
Saturday, May 4

Long time ornithologist Doug Gross will discuss the state of the boreal conifer forests that support many bird species, an entire ecosystem that is currently threatened. The lecture will cover what surveys and actions are taking place to conserve these areas and the birds that call them home.

Virginia Rose, Speaker for Birdability

Saturday, May 11

Virginia Rose has been birding in a wheelchair for 17 years. During that time, she has not only been able to continue this important passion of hers, but she has collected empowering experiences. Listen to her story of creating Birdability, an initiative to get people with mobile disabilities out into nature through birds.* Held in the Education Building *

After a Saturday of hawkwatching, hiking, and taking in scenic views, visitors are encouraged to stay for one of these entertaining and informative talks. For information on other upcoming events for spring, visit

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