Fall migration is in full swing, and the sites are up and running! Most are open to the public, so get out and go hawkwatching. Please send your photos and stories to Nikki and share what you are seeing this fall. Don't forget to become our friend on Facebook if you haven't already. It's the best place for the most up to date HWI banter. Tell your friends to join us on Facebook, too.
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From mid-August to mid-November, HWI watches the sky and counts thousands of raptors as they migrate south for the winter. We count, band, and study several species of raptors. If you have never had the opportunity to witness the marvel of migration, make this your year. The public is welcome at most HWI Raptor Migration sites! Visit www.hawkwatch.org for site information, brochures, and directions. Organized groups, please call ahead as some wilderness areas have group size regulations: (800) 726-HAWK.
1. Chelan Ridge, Washington August 23 to October 27 2. Bonney Butte, Oregon August 28 to October 31 3. Bridger Mountains, Montana September 5 to October 31 4. Commissary Ridge, Wyoming August 27 to November 5 5. Goshute Mountains, Nevada August 15 to November 5 6. Manzano Mountains, New Mexico Closed to the public by USFS 7. Smith Point, Texas August 1 to September 30 8. Corpus Christi, Texas August 14 to November 15 9. Veracruz, Mexico August 20 to November 20
Upcoming Fall Migration Events
New Mexico Diversions, Dams, Dikes, and Riparian Degradation Friday, September 16 , 2011 Silver City, New Mexico 7:30 am - noon
Explore the mid-elevation biotic diversity of the Gila River's Mogollon Box Area with HWI Research Biologist Mike Neal. Learn how past, present, and future threats to the Gila watershed can impact this unique and diverse ecosystem.
For more information or to register, visit the Gila River Festival website.
Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival
September 17, 2011 Riverfront Park, Pateros, Washington 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come and learn all about migration during the peak of the season.
This free event includes vendors, demonstrations, live birds, and trips to the Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Site.
For more information or to sign up for the Chelan Ridge Shuttle or fieldtrips visit the HWI website. Hurry! Only a few shuttle spots left.
Portland Audubon's Identifying Hawks in Flight
Identification Class September 21, 2011 Portland, Oregon 7:00 - 9:00 pm Field trip to Bonney Butte September 24, 2011 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Portland Audubon as they experience HawkWatch International's work being done at the Bonney Butte migration site.
For more information or to register, visit the Portland Audubon website.
Celebration of Flight
Hazel Bazemore Park Hawkwatch, Corpus Christi, Texas
September 23 -25, 2011
Come celebrate the peak of the Gulf Coast flight. Bear witness to hundreds of thousands of raptors as they continue their migration south!
The festival, which is free to the public, centers around the largest known Golden Eagle migration in the United States. Activities include wildlife films, nature walks and talks, education, and entertainment programs for people of all ages.
2945 S Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City (meet at the trailhead parking lot and follow the signs to the peak)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join local raptor expert Jerry Liguori and HawkWatch International for a day of raptor identification. Learn how to identify raptors in flight as the migrate along the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Jerry will be available from 9 am - 5 pm to share tips and answer questions. Bring your lightweight lawn or camp chairs, binoculars, water, field guides, and Jerry's latest book,"Hawks at a Distance." For more information and directions, contact Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org. The hike to the peak is moderate and takes about 15 - 20 minutes from the parking lot.
Parade of Raptors
Thursday, October 13, 2011
REI, 3285 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Swanner Eco Center, 1258 Center Drive, Park City
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join HWI volunteers as they show some impressive birds of prey and talk about their natural history, personal stories, and conservation efforts in our own community. Appropriate for all ages.