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Hawk Mountain Spring Equinox Celebtation this Saturday

Published March 21. 2011 05:00PM

Great weekend weather is a perfect excuse to get outdoors for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's annual Spring Equinox Celebration this Saturday, March 19, from 11 am to 3 pm in and around the Visitor Center. The event is held on the Saturday closest to the spring equinox and designed to build excitement for the arrival of the spring season.

Throughout the day, the Sanctuary will offer free trail admission for children ages 12 and under, complimentary hot chocolate and shade-grown coffee, and a volunteer naturalist will be on hand at the South Lookout to help visitors spot early migrants and share tips on raptor identification. Trail fees will apply for adults and seniors.Members are always admitted free of charge.

The day will begin with Raptors Up Close!,at 11 am. The Sanctuary's signature live bird program, Raptors Up Close! uses a live owl or hawk to show visitors the unique adaptations that put birds of prey at the top of the food chain.

From noon-2 pm, children may Build a Broadwing Mobile in the Visitor Center, or head outdoors to meet naturalist and official counter Dave Kruel at the nearby South Lookout. Here, Dave will share his expert tips on how to watch for migrants and identify them. A trail fee applies for adults and seniors, and South Lookout is a nearby 100 yards from the Visitor Center parking area. The day will conclude with a final live raptor program at 2 pm.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is located just three miles south of New Ringgold on Route 895, or 7 miles north of the I-78/Route 61 Cabela's intersection. Turn onto Hawk Mountain Road to Visitor Center parking lot at the top of the Mountain. For more information, call 610-756-6961 or visit

Open year-round, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Its eight miles of trails and half a dozen scenic overlooks are open to the public for a modest trail fee. An average of 18,000 hawks, eagles and falcons are recorded each autumn as they migrate past Hawk Mountain.

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