NJ Audubon hawk watch, Sept. 16 in Bernardsville; migration could number thousands of raptors

Join Pete Dunne of NJ Audubon for what's expected to be a spectacular birding event.
Join Pete Dunne of NJ Audubon for what's expected to be a spectacular birding event.
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From New Jersey Audubon:

New Jersey Audubon to Hold Hawk Watch on Sept. 16 in Bernardsville

The Public Is Invited to experience this Annual Migration of Raptors.

Bring your binoculars, sunscreen and ball caps, as New Jersey Audubon will be gazing to the heavens on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, for a hawk watch at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, in Bernardsville. 

Every September, tens of thousands of migrating Broad-winged Hawks vacate northeastern forests en route to the forests of Central and South America and you are invited to join in this amazing migration with Pete Dunne.

Waiting for clear September skies and a good tail wind, the birds will set off on their annual exodus and across New Jersey airspace.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature Pete Dunne, NJ Audubon’s Birding Ambassador, a world renowned birding expert who will showcase migrating Broad-winged Hawks vacating northeastern forests en route to the forests of Central and South America.

Unless there is heavy rain, onlookers will be able to see Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, migrating Osprey and Sharp-shinned Hawks. The narrow flight is dependent upon thermal production and wind direction. But Sept. 16 is the statistically perfect date to see these woodland hawks.

New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary is strategically situated to catch the migration. 

Located on 276 acres of forested ridge, surrounding fields and woodland, the sanctuary hosts an array of birds and animals. New Jersey Audubon staff will help visitors understand the natural world, even offering loaner binoculars.

Dunne will be signing some of his nature books. He has written 15 of them, to date, including Birds of Prey, which features North America’s 33 raptor species.

Learn more at njaudubon.org

 

 

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