CCEC, Hawk Mountain host bald eagle program
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has teamed with Carbon County Environmental Center for this year's "Bald Eagle Migration Day," Saturday, Aug. 25, which includes a free presentation, beginning at noon, at the outdoor amphitheater, or indoors in the event of rain.
Bald Eagle Migration Day is designed to remind visitors that late August and early September is one of the best times to see bald eagles on migration. At this time of year visitors have a 40 percent chance of seeing a bald eagle at Hawk Mountain's North Lookout, and a 52 percent chance between September 1-15.
John and Yoke DiGiorgio, authors of the newly released "Nesting Diaries: The Triumphant Journey of Four Bald Eagle Chicks," will hold a book signing and talk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part photo-essay and part natural history, the book follows the progress at an eagle nest along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania that successfully raised and fledged four young.
Children will be invited to participate in a Bald Eagle counting activity at the Lookout, and those who participate will be entered into a drawing for a plush eagle puppet. Children also may take home free information about eagles, their conservation status and their natural history.
Every new member who joins Hawk Mountain on Bald Eagle Migration Day will receive two free trail passes to share with a friend and also will be entered to win a special bald eagle-themed prize. This giveaway is part of a national "Pledge to Fledge" initiative, which encourages birders to introduce friends and other non-birders so they can see and enjoy birds for the first time.
To identify an eagle at any age, look for a thick, barrel-like body, plank-like wings, an enormous beak and bright yellow feet. In flight, bald eagles are enormous: the wingspan may reach as wide as 7.5 feet and the bird can weigh up to 14 pounds. In comparison, the more commonly seen red-tailed hawk weighs just 1.5 to 3 pounds and has a wingspan less than half that size.
For more information on weather forecasts, or hear the daily hawk count, call the Hawk Mountain info line at 610-756-6000, Ext. 6, or, call the visitor center at 610-756-6961.
County treasurers will begin accepting applications for second round of unsold license, Monday, Aug. 20, by mail; will begin over-the-counter sales for Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D, Monday, Aug. 27.
This year's Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association banquet will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Community Fire Company, Landingville. Door open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 and thousands of dollars in merchandise and outdoors trips will be chanced off and auctioned. For tickets, call Dennis Scharadin at 570-739-2085.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza co-promoter Rick Weaknecht.
Bear's Head 3-D course is open daily through Friday, Oct. 12, from dawn to dusk daily, on club grounds located off I-81 exit 134, 148 Lofty Road, Delano. For information, call the association at 570-467-0331.
Hazleton Archery Club, 170 Woodside Drive, Freeland, has 3-D shoots Sundays, beginning at 7 a.m., and Thursdays, beginning at 4 p.m., For information, call the club at 570- 450-0988.