November 18, 2015

Scott Weidensaul to headline Holiday Open House

Annual winter event scheduled for Saturday, Nov 28

Saturday, November 28 at 11:30, FREE
Holiday Open House held from 11 to 3 on the same day. Trail fee applies for non-members who wish to hike

Everyone loves the beauty, mystery and charm of owls, but science continues to unlock the secrets of their biology and ecology. Join Scott Weidensaul at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 28 at Hawk Mountain to discover the strange and mysterious world of these hunters of the night during the Sanctuary’s annual Holiday on the Mountain open house. This event is free and open to the public. 

A long-time Hawk Mountain board member, Weidensaul is an internationally renowned naturalist and author of more than two dozen titles including his new release, the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean. During the presentation, he will share photos, stories, and personal anecdotes that highlight the latest discoveries, not only about bizarre tropical species such as the stygian owl, but even the common and widespread owls in our own backyards. Immediately following the program, Weidensaul will be available for a book signing and to chat with visitors.

In keeping with the owl theme, Hawk Mountain also will offer kids crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing the supplies and instruction for youngsters to create take-home Owl Art. A live raptor program, “Owls of the Winter Woods,” will be held at 2 pm and featuring two live owl species.

Throughout the day, the Sanctuary will offer complimentary hot drinks and a trail fee will apply for non-members who wish to walk to scenic overlooks.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is located just 2 miles north of I-78/Cabela’s intersection and is known world-wide as the first refuge for birds of prey. Its 2,500 acres is open to the public by membership or modest fee for wildlife watching, hiking, enjoying scenic overlooks, or watching the annual raptor migration which continues daily through December 15. All proceeds support Hawk Mountain’s local to global raptor conservation science and education programs.