Hawk Moun­tain Au­tumn Lec­ture Se­ries lineup fea­tures global conservation voices

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Septem­ber 9th will kick off the Hawk Moun­tain Au­tumn Lec­ture Se­ries with a free lec­ture by Bri­tish or­nithol­o­gist Jemima Parry-Jones. She will be the first of the Se­ries’ “global voices,” speak­ing about old world vul­ture conservation and what is be­ing done to stop the de­cline of the im­por­tant rap­tor.

This year’s im­pres­sive line- up fea­tures con­ser­va­tion­ists and bird­ers from around the world, all brought to Kemp­ton, PA to tell their story and in­form the pub­lic of their im­por­tant ef­forts. A dif­fer­ent ex­pert will of­fer a free lec­ture most Satur­days at 5: 30 pm through the end of Oc­to­ber, and most will be held in the Hawk Moun­tain Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

The sched­ule is as fol­lows:

Old World Vul­ture Conservation Satur­day, Sept. 9, 5: 30 p. m. pre­sented by Jemima Parry- Jones, MBE, Bri­tish Or­nithol­o­gist. Vul­tures are now listed as one of the most threat­ened groups of birds in the world ac­cord­ing to IUCN. How can a group of birds that were very nu­mer­ous have been brought so low in such a short space of time, and why? What is be­ing done to save such an im­por­tant group of birds from fur­ther de­clines and po­ten­tial ex­tinc­tion?

Bird­ing with­out Bor­ders Satur­day, Sept. 30, 5: 30 p. m., held in the Ham- burg Area High School Au­di­to­rium pre­sented by Noah Strycker, Big Year Birder. In 2015, bird­ing guru Noah Strycker of Ore­gon be­came the first hu­man to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a sin­gle, year- long, round- the- world bird­ing trip. Any­thing could have hap­pened, and a lot did. He shared the ad­ven­ture in real time on his daily blog, and now he re­veals the in­side story. This hu­mor­ous and in­spir­ing pre­sen­ta­tion about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will give you a real ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the birds and bird­ers of the world.

Arc­tic Rap­tors: Adap­ta­tions to an Ex­treme En­vi­ron­ment Satur­day, Oct. 14, 5: 30 p. m., pre­sented by Jean- Fran­cois Ther­rien, Hawk Moun­tain Se­nior Re­search Bi­ol­o­gist. Join JF as he re­views re­cent re­sults from some of Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary’s re­search pro­grams, with an em­pha­sis on Arc­tic rap­tor ecol­ogy. The au­di­ence will wit­ness how we man­age to study and mon­i­tor rap­tors liv­ing in this ex­treme en­vi­ron­ment via a slide show de­pict­ing field work sit­u­a­tions. JF will dis­cuss arc­tic species in­clud­ing snowy owls, pere­grine fal­cons, and rough- legged hawks.

Ver­acruz River of Rap­tors: Sto­ries from one of the largest mi­gra­tory cor­ri­dors in the world will be Satur­day, Oct. 21, 5: 30 p. m., pre­sented by Elisa Peres­bar­bosa, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of Pronatura Ver­acruz.

The Ver­acruz River of Rap­tors Project in one of the In­ter­na­tional Pro­grams of Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary. Join Elisa as she talks about the mi­gra­tion ecol­ogy in Ver­acruz, show pho­tos and videos of this won­der­full mi­gra­tion.

Mi­grat­ing Birds Know No Bound­aries: The Mid­dle East Test Case will be Satur­day, Oct. 28, 5: 30 p. m., pre­sented by Yossi Leshem, Se­nior Re­searcher & Pro­fes­sor, Tel Aviv Univer­sity. Yossi Leshem will show video clips and slides em­pha­siz­ing how peace can be ad­vanced by us­ing rap­tor mi­gra­tion and other species as a plat­form for peo­ple- to- peo­ple ac­tiv­i­ties in Is­rael and the Mid­dle East. In Yossi’s lec­ture you will hear about his re­search us­ing radars, a mo­tor­ized glider, UAVs, satel­lite trans­mit­ters and a net­work of ground ob­servers.

Af­ter a Satur­day of hawk­watch­ing, hik­ing, and tak­ing in scenic views, Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to stay for an en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive talk by Hawk Moun­tain staff or other wildlife ex­perts. No one can turn down the com­pletely FREE and in­ter­est­ing op­por­tu­nity. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at hawk­moun­tain. org/ au­tumn­lec­ture­series. For in­for­ma­tion on other up­com­ing events for Fall, visit hawk­moun­tain. org/ events.

The 2,500- acre Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the pub­lic year- round by trail­fee or mem­ber­ship, which in turn sup­ports the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s rap­tor conservation mis­sion and lo­cal- to- global re­search, train­ing, and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. To learn more about Hawk Moun­tain or other pro­grams, please call 610- 756- 6961 or visit www. hawk­moun­tain. org.

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