May 31, 2014

Take the “Pledge to Fledge” with Hawk Mountain this spring

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary promises feathers and flight on Saturday, April 26, offering an impressive display of live hawks and owls courtesy of Baywings Falconry, who will lead two raptor flying demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s all part of the Sanctuary’s Pledge to Fledge, an international initiative to introduce someone new to birds and birding. 

Other programs include the raptor exhibit and informal Q&A with Baywings falconers from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and two walks with trail fees included for non-members: a Beginners Bird Walk at 9:30 a.m., and a Learn-Your-Trees Walk from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hawk Mountain board member and celebrity birder, Richard Crossley, says that Hawk Mountain is a great place to connect people with nature. "There is no place more beautiful than Hawk Mountain or subject better than birds to get out and share with others," Crossley explains. “What greater thrill can you get than 'fledging' a newbie into nature?” 

Visitors interested in the raptor and falcon display can follow signs to the Meadow Lot, where members of the Baywings Falconry Program will present up to five live raptors, along with the special opportunity to observe these predators in the air during the two flight demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Following the event, Baywings will hold a short question and answer session for those further interested in learning more about birds of prey.

Those aged six to adult and looking for a more relaxed experience with birds in nature are welcomed to meet in the Visitor Center to enjoy the casual Beginners Bird Walk, led by a sanctuary naturalist along one of Hawk Mountain’s beautiful trails. Binoculars and a field guide are recommended for the walk.

Visitors can also meet in the Visitor Center, rain or shine, to join Kutztown University biology professor Dr. Chris Sacchi, who will hold a laid-back lesson on trees during the Learn-Your-Trees Walk. Learn more about the importance of trees to birds and nature, as well as identify and examine varying types of seeds, fruit, bark and leaves.

To register for either the Beginner’s Bird Walk or the Learn-Your-Trees Walk, call 610-756-6961610-756-6961.

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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