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Autumn hawk watch taking place

Published November 23. 2013 09:01AM

Golden eagles were seen on most days last week, with the highest total of 13 passing Tuesday to highlight the Autumn Hawk Watch at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Also counted Tuesday were four northern goshawks, 11 red-shouldered hawks and 204 red-tailed hawks.

Wednesday, a season high five northern goshawks were counted along with five golden eagles and 109 red-tailed hawks. Other highlights included three bald eagles on Monday and Thursday, 73 turkey vultures on Monday and four northern harriers on Saturday.

Red-tailed hawks should continue to pass the lookout in good numbers with nearly 100 possible on windy days. Golden eagles also should be seen most days, and now is the best time to see northern goshawks.

In all, 605 migrating birds were counted for the week, bringing the season total to 14,875.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary visitor center closes Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m., and reopens Friday, Nov. 29, at 8 a.m. in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Visitors are reminded certain areas of the sanctuary are open for deer hunting for those with permits the first two days of the firearms season, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 3.


"Only Owls," an exhibit on loan from the from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, is being presented at Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road , Millersburg, through March 15.

Woodson Art Museum's mission is "to enhance lives through art," which it does through a wide range of changing exhibitions, the best known being the internationally acclaimed "Birds in Art," a juried exhibition that the museum has presented since 1976. "Only Owls" brings together an array of artistic representations of these remarkable raptors in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut.

All artwork is drawn from the Woodson Art Museum's collection, and each piece provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while also demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by artists. In addition to the varied collection of owl art, the center has developed interactive educational components to enhance the exhibit which allows visitors to compare their "wingspan" to various owl species, examine replica owl pellets, eggs, owl boxes and more.

For information "Only Owls" and the Ned Smith Center call 717-692-3699 or access the website at


Applications are being accepted from current high school sophomores and juniors for participation in the Youth Education Summit sponsored by the National Rifle Association, which will be held Monday-Sunday, June 23-29, in Washington, D.C.

Information on the NRA Youth Education Summit is available by calling 1-800-672-3888, ext. 1351, or by email at


Copies of the 2013 Pennsylvania Big Game Records book are available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission online at The Outdoor Shop,, or by calling 1-888-888-3459, or mailing remittance to: PA Game Commission, Dept. MS, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 17110-9797. Copies are $5, plus shipping and handling, and Pennsylvania residents also pay 6 percent sales tax.


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 by clicking the link to the program, features Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist Chris Rosenberry.

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