January 28, 2015

It's a "Feeder Frenzy" on Feb 14

Begin Valentine's Day on the Mountain

Younger visitors stop by to make a pinecone birdfeeder

Enjoy a ‘Feeder Frenzy’ at Hawk Mountain on Valentine's Day

Beat cabin fever and head to Hawk Mountain on February 14 for a day-long event focused on feeding birds during the long winter months. In honor of Valentine’s Day, children ages 12 and under who bring a handmade valentine to hang on the wall will receive free trail admission.

“Winter is a great time to be outside and you get a completely different perspective,” says Mary Linkevich, director of communications at the Sanctuary. “The trails are peaceful, the view is crystal clear, and it’s a fantastic time to take photos and look for wildlife tracks.”

One stop by the Visitor Center viewing window will quickly prove that the cold months do, in fact, bring on “feeder frenzy,” as large numbers of winter birds gather to collect seed and drink at the heated birdbath at one of two well-maintained bird feeding stations. A volunteer naturalist will be on hand from 11 am to 3 pm to help identify the common species and explain how anyone can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Other programs include two live raptor programs at 11 am and 2 pm, a guided winter walk at 12:30 (trail fee applies), and complimentary bird-friendly coffee and hot chocolate throughout the day. The kids also will enjoy making two winter-themed crafts between noon and 2 pm: heart-shaped critters and a pine cone bird feeder. 

The 2,500-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the public year-round by trail fee or membership, which in turn support the non-profit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local-to-global research, training and education programs. To learn more about Hawk Mountain or other programs, please call 610-756-6961 or visit