March 08, 2014

Hawk Mountain to hold annual Spring Equinox Celebration

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will host its annual Spring Equinox Celebration Saturday, March 22 with a variety of programs to celebrate nature’s renewal. Programs will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will focus on Pennsylvania’s natural landscape, plants, and wildlife. Bird-friendly, shade-grown coffee and cocoa will be served throughout the day.

“As the weather warms and the days lengthen, lots of changes start to take place,” says Hawk Mountain President Jerry Regan. “Buds appear, the birds call, early flowers bloom, and it’s a great time to learn more about these seasonal changes,” he adds.

A live raptor demonstration will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a volunteer naturalist will identify birds at the feeder windows from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. The first 20 visitors who sign up that day can take part in a guided “Signs of Spring” walk through the Native Plant and beyond at 12:30 p.m. or 1:15 p.m., and children from noon to 2 pm can create a clothespin butterfly or decorate paper cup sunflower seed planters.

Trail admission for those who wish to hike and visit scenic overlooks will cost $6 adults, $5 seniors and $3 children ages six to 12. As always, members are admitted free. 

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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