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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association

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1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton, PA 19529
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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Mission Raptors are wide-ranging, predatory birds that include hawks, eagles and falcons. Because they sit at the tops of many food chains, raptorsor birds of preyare flagship indicators of ecosystem health, helping us understa...read more
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Mission Raptors are wide-ranging, predatory birds that include hawks, eagles and falcons. Because they sit at the tops of many food chains, raptorsor birds of preyare flagship indicators of ecosystem health, helping us understand our broader conservation needs. Hawk Mountain's mission is to foster the conservation of birds of prey worldwide and to create a better understanding of, and further the conservation of, the natural environment, particularly the Central Appalachian region. Programs and Services To advance the mission, a full-time staff of 16, assisted by a 200-member volunteer corps, carries out integrated conservation programs in education, research, and monitoring, including operating a Visitor Center and other facilities year-round: Wildlife Watching and Hiking Hawk Mountain Sanctuary provides a high quality, year-round nature experience to an annual 75,000 visitors. During fall weekends, as many as a dozen interns, volunteers and staff spot birds and interpret the spectacle of migration for visitors.An eight-mile trail system (open dawn to dusk) provides access to Appalachian forestlands and connects to the 2,000-mile long Appalachian Trail.The closest migration observation point is just 100 yards from the parking area. Its vista includes the River of Rocks, a mile-long Ice-age boulder field on the valley floor. A stone-and-earth-viewing platform is available for handicapped visitors. The Visitor Center, open 363 days a year, houses a Wings of Wonder raptor gallery, wildlife viewing areas and bookstore. Education Birds of prey are used as a compelling focus for learning at Hawk Mountain. The Sanctuary trails introduce students, groups and visitors to the geology, flora and fauna of the central Appalachian Mountains. Visit our education page to learn more about weekend programs, guided programs for students and groups, fully-accredited college-level courses, teacher publications and other special events.The International Internship Program, initiated in 1976, has trained 215 young conservationists from 38 countries on six continents. Students learn raptor conservation, education and research techniques based on first-hand observation of the Sanctuary's successful model of ecotourism-supported conservation. Raptor Conservation and Science The Sanctuary's annual count of hawks, eagles and falconsthe world's longest record of raptor populationsprovides valuable information on changes in raptor numbers in northeastern North America. The Sanctuary also serves as a repository for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) archives, and helps coordinate an intercontinental hawkwatch via the Internet at www.birdsource.org. Because half of the raptors that pass the Sanctuary winter south of the United States, our conservation efforts focus on working with local partners in Central and South America. The Sanctuary is currently working, including raising funds and offering technical assistance, with partners on raptor conservation projects in Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Soviet Georgia. It is our goal to establish and maintain an active network of conservation and research partners in Latin America. We continue to identify and train conservation leaders, working with BirdLife International partners and other conservation organizations, for training in our International Internship Program. Sanctuary science focuses on the patterns and processes of raptor migration, the effects of local land use on wildlife, and long-term studies of raptor populations. The Sanctuary's conservation work has made significant gains, including publishing a global directory of migration watchsites and more than 200 technical publications, reviews, theses and dissertations to scientific literature. The Sanctuary maintains a 2,000-volume library and historical archives, which includes the papers of its founder, Rosalie Edge, a national figure in the early national parks and conservation movement. Stewardsh
 
 

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  • Visit the world's first refuge for birds of prey, 8 Miles of rugged hiking trails, Sturdy shoes, back packs & child carriers recommended, Beautiful panoramic views, Raptor migration Aug.-Dec., Special... More Visit the world's first refuge for birds of prey, 8 Miles of rugged hiking trails, Sturdy shoes, back packs & child carriers recommended, Beautiful panoramic views, Raptor migration Aug.-Dec., Special children's programsLess

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Mission Raptors are wide-ranging, predatory birds that include hawks, eagles and falcons. Because they sit at the tops of many food chains, raptorsor birds of preyare flagship indicators of ecosystem health, helping us understand our broader conservation needs. Hawk Mountain's mission is to foster the conservation of birds of prey worldwide and to create a better understanding of, and further the conservation of, the natural environment, particularly the Central Appalachian region. Programs and Services To advance the mission, a full-time staff of 16, assisted by a 200-member volunteer corps, carries out integrated conservation programs in education, research, and monitoring, including operating a Visitor Center and other facilities year-round: Wildlife Watching and Hiking Hawk Mountain Sanctuary provides a high quality, year-round nature experience to an annual 75,000 visitors. During fall weekends, as many as a dozen interns, volunteers and staff spot birds and interpret the spectacle of migration for visitors.An eight-mile trail system (open dawn to dusk) provides access to Appalachian forestlands and connects to the 2,000-mile long Appalachian Trail.The closest migration observation point is just 100 yards from the parking area. Its vista includes the River of Rocks, a mile-long Ice-age boulder field on the valley floor. A stone-and-earth-viewing platform is available for handicapped visitors. The Visitor Center, open 363 days a year, houses a Wings of Wonder raptor gallery, wildlife viewing areas and bookstore. Education Birds of prey are used as a compelling focus for learning at Hawk Mountain. The Sanctuary trails introduce students, groups and visitors to the geology, flora and fauna of the central Appalachian Mountains. Visit our education page to learn more about weekend programs, guided programs for students and groups, fully-accredited college-level courses, teacher publications and other special events.The International Internship Program, initiated in 1976, has trained 215 young conservationists from 38 countries on six continents. Students learn raptor conservation, education and research techniques based on first-hand observation of the Sanctuary's successful model of ecotourism-supported conservation. Raptor Conservation and Science The Sanctuary's annual count of hawks, eagles and falconsthe world's longest record of raptor populationsprovides valuable information on changes in raptor numbers in northeastern North America. The Sanctuary also serves as a repository for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) archives, and helps coordinate an intercontinental hawkwatch via the Internet at www.birdsource.org. Because half of the raptors that pass the Sanctuary winter south of the United States, our conservation efforts focus on working with local partners in Central and South America. The Sanctuary is currently working, including raising funds and offering technical assistance, with partners on raptor conservation projects in Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Soviet Georgia. It is our goal to establish and maintain an active network of conservation and research partners in Latin America. We continue to identify and train conservation leaders, working with BirdLife International partners and other conservation organizations, for training in our International Internship Program. Sanctuary science focuses on the patterns and processes of raptor migration, the effects of local land use on wildlife, and long-term studies of raptor populations. The Sanctuary's conservation work has made significant gains, including publishing a global directory of migration watchsites and more than 200 technical publications, reviews, theses and dissertations to scientific literature. The Sanctuary maintains a 2,000-volume library and historical archives, which includes the papers of its founder, Rosalie Edge, a national figure in the early national parks and conservation movement. Stewardsh