Although mid-week temperatures soared, the cold front that passed through the area has brought cooler, drier air with northwest winds, increasing the migration of broadwing raptors passing the lookouts at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
In one day 859 birds of various species were counted, and the total number of broadwings passing is expected to increase this weekend. Kettles usually start forming mid-morning and these first kettles stream past the lookout fairly low and bald eagles should be seen in good numbers.
Numbers of ospreys, sharp-shinned hawks and American kestrels also should be increasing, and an immature peregrine falcon has apparently taken up residence at the sanctuary as there have been repeat sightings. Now is also the best time to see bald eagles and with the west and northwest winds in the forecast it is expected broadwinged hawk flights should also increase.
Other upcoming events are the annual wildlife art show, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the visitor center and newly expanded education center and the "Kids Hawk ID Workshop," for ages 8-12, Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information and required registration of the workshop call 610-756-6961.
For updated news on the Autumn Hawk Count, call the migration hotline at 610-756-6000, Ext. 6, daily after 6 p.m.
"Black Powder Technique for Hunters and Shooters" is the topic of a series of free seminars today, with the first session at 11 a.m., at Dixon Muzzleloader Shop, 9952 Kunkel's Mill Road, Kempton. This event focuses on traditional muzzleloaders used for hunting and target shooting, and for information call the shop at 610-756-6271.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at http://www.wmgh.com/ by clicking the link to the program, features outdoors writer and bowhunting authority Tom Tatum.
A simulated hunting 3D course is open daily through October 12 from dawn to dusk at Bears Head Archery, Delano, off I-81 exit 134. Sundays, the course is closed from 1-4 p.m. for trap. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again this year the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners will hold its final quarterly meeting of the year away from the agency's Harrisburg headquarters and has scheduled the meeting for Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 24, in Westmoreland County at the Lamplighter Restaurant, 6566 William Penn Highway, Delmont.
This will be the first full meeting of the board for recently appointed commissioner Tim Layton, of Windber, Somerset County. He represents Region 4, an area made up of Cambria, Somerset, Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton counties, replacing Dave Schreffler whose eight-year term on the board expired in June.
A native Pennsylvanian who has hunted and fished nearly his entire life, Layton is a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of Greater Johnstown High School, Mount Aloysius College and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the National Rifle Association.
Schuylkill County Friends of NRA is holding its annual fund-raising banquet Thursday, Sept. 26, beginning at 5 p.m., at St. Nicholas Hall, Minersville. For information and tickets call Jack Brennan at 570-739-4029 or email email@example.com.