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Hawk Watch Weekend


September 15 & 16

Catch The Wave of Southbound Birds of Prey at a Participating NJA Center or Location

NJ Audubon will be looking skyward for migrating hawks as they journey south.  You are invited to join us. Witness and learn about this annual exodus of hawk, eagles and falcons across our strategic state. September 15 & 16 marks the peak of the Broad-winged Hawk migration–a time when hundreds, even thousands of birds pass through New Jersey in a single day. This special weekend meshes the outdoor experience with indoor learning. 

Here’s a smattering of what you can do on Saturday, September 15:

Bring the kids to the Montclair Hawkwatch from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We’ll have activities taking place all morning on the hawkwatch platform. While you can visit the hawkwatch anytime, we ask that you preregister for this program by e-mail to kelly.wenzel@njaudubon.org or by calling 973-226-6082.

Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville will host a hawk watch from the observation deck of the Hoffman Center, 9:30 A.M to 4:00 P.M. Pete Dunne, coauthor of the newHawks in Flightwill be on hand to share his knowledge and skills. Free.

Join bird identification expert Pete Bacinski at Plainsboro Preserve for HAWKS IN AUTUMN; AN I.D. WORKSHOP (indoors) from 10:00 A.M. to noon. Take a comprehensive look at these magnificent birds of prey in flight and perched. Later that afternoon bring the while family for RADICAL RAPTORS from 3:30 to 5:00 to learn interpreting facts about hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures. The class will be followed by a short hike in search of migrating birds of all types. Register through Plainsboro Preserve at 609-897-0287. (fee).

From 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. the staff at Rancocas Nature Center will celebrate hawks with Hawkwatch at Rancocas. Join the activities and learn about birds of prey. Register for this FREE program by calling the center at 609-261-2495.

And don’t forget. There are numerous hawk watch sites around the state (a list of locations can be found by clicking here) including the Hawkwatch Platform at Cape May Point State Park, New Jersey’s premier hawk watching location. The annual count runs daily through November 30, so just stop by and watch the action.