March 15, 2014

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Announces Spring 2014 Events

Complete list of events in April provided

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary announces complete list of events in April, including an afternoon on the Little Schuylkill River, a raptor egg hunt, raptor flying demonstrations, a Mountain Moonwalk and more. To view the complete 2014 calendar of events, visit or call the automated Info Line at 610-756-6000.

The spring migration watch begins April 1 and continues daily through May 15. Visitors during this time are invited to join an official counter at North Lookout to watch for returning hawks and other migrants. Staff and trained volunteers will be on hand to help identify species and answer questions. The peak of the migration season occurs mid-to-late April.     

Visitors can enjoy the first of a series of monthly Wednesday Walks that begins on April 3 at 9:30 a.m., or, join in the first Wednesday of the month through August. Trail fees apply for non-members. Also on April 3, an evening Salamander Search will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants must call to reserve attendance for this child-friendly event. Cost is $10 for non-members, and begins indoors with a brief natural history discussion followed by an outdoor search for salamanders in and around the pond.    

The Sanctuary will host its first Mountain Moonwalk Tuesday, April 15 at 7:45 p.m. Visitors who register in advance will enjoy a guided trail walk as they listen for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Cost is $20 for non-members and $10 for members. Advance registration required.     

Weekend programs      

The popular Raptor Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 19 at 10 a.m., and children ages 3 to 12 can participate in this non-competitive hunt for wooden raptor eggs hidden in the forest. Cost is $10 for non-members, and advance registration is required. Be sure to stay after the egg hunt to enjoy the chance to see a live hawk or owl at noon for the program Raptors Up Close!       

On April 26 Hawk Mountain celebrates Earth Day with its annual Pledge to Fledge, a movement to introduce someone new to birds and birding. Visit in the morning for the Beginners Bird Watch. Enjoy a 9:30 morning walk with other beginners led by a naturalist. Trail fees apply for non-members; registration required. To attract new birders, the Sanctuary has also invited Baywings Falconry, who will display a variety of live raptors, and also demonstrate their winged skill with flying demonstrations at 11 am and 2 pm.      

On April 27 join expert staff paddlers for the Afternoon  on the River event. From 1p.m.-5p.m. visitors can experience a relaxing, fully guided excursion on the Schuylkill River. $90 non-members; $75 members. Cost includes all gear, light drinks and snacks, and shuttle to return to vehicles. No experience required. Advance registration required; space is limited to 10 participants and fills quickly.     

To register for any of these programs, call the Sanctuary at 610-756-6961. For more information on upcoming events visit       

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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