Every fall, several species of hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey migrate from Northeastern United States to southern climates. On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, Peter Wulfhorst, a board member of the Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society, will be leading a trip to Sunrise Mountain to observe this migration.
September offers the opportunity to observe broad-winged hawks, ospreys, American kestrel, merlin, and sharp-shinned hawks. The Kittatinny Ridge, which runs northeast to southwest on days with northwest winds, provides lift for the hawks on their migration. In this way, the hawks conserve their energy for the long flight.
Hawk watch participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Key Food in Milford for a car pool to Sunrise Mountain in Sussex County, N.J., located along the Kittatinny Ridge.
The group will stay at Sunrise Mountain for the morning and part of the afternoon, depending on how many birds are migrating.
The field trip is free and open to the public. Participants should bring a lunch.
For more information or to register, call Wulfhorst at 570-618-2491 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.