Hawk Moun­tain up­dates Sil­hou­ette Trail with new rap­tors

The Hamburg Area Item - - LOCAL NEWS - From Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary

The in­ter­na­tional award-win­ning, ADA ac­ces­si­ble Sil­hou­ette Trail, which me­an­ders through Hawk Moun­tain’s ridgetop for­est be­tween the Trail Head and South Look­out, has un­der­gone an­other dis­play trans­for­ma­tion. The trail-side gallery now fea­tures 7 new rap­tor sil­hou­ettes, this time of a spe­cific bird of prey.

The spe­cially com­mis­sioned gallery fea­tures life-size, in-flight sil­hou­ettes of 7 species of en­dan­gered and Near Threat­ened ea­gles from around the world, in­clud­ing the Beau­douin’s Snake-ea­gle, the Black-and-Chest­nut Ea­gle, The Crowned Ea­gle, The Eastern Im­pe­rial Ea­gle, The Greater Spot­ted Ea­gle, the Mada­gas­car Fish-ea­gle, and the Philip­pine Ea­gle.

Sixty of the world’s 330 species of rap­tors be­long to four de­cid­edly dif­fer­ent groups of birds of prey known as ea­gles. Although many ea­gles are do­ing fine, twelve of them, in­clud­ing the seven species de­scribed here, are listed by the In­ter­na­tional Union for the Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture as Crit­i­cally En­dan­gered, En­dan­gered, Vul­ner­a­ble, or Near-threat­ened glob­ally.

We dis­play sil­hou­ettes of these en­dan­gered birds of prey on the Sil­hou­ette Trail to high­light their size and con­ser­va­tion sta­tus and to de­scribe the fac­tors that threaten them. Hawk Moun­tain works with con­ser­va­tion­ists glob­ally, in an at­tempt to learn more about en­dan­gered rap­tors and how we can bet­ter pro­tect them.

The one-of-a-kind sil­hou­ettes will re­main on dis­play through the sum­mer, and a brochure de­scrib­ing the rap­tors and their cur­rent con­ser­va­tion sta­tus are avail­able in the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter or by down­load at hawk­moun­tain. org/sil­hou­et­te­trail.

The 2,500-acre Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the pub­lic year­round by trail-fee 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 610756-6961 or visit www. hawk­moun­tain.org.

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Hawk Moun­tain’s trail-side gallery fea­tures life-size, in-flight sil­hou­ettes of 7 species of en­dan­gered and near threat­ened ea­gles from around the world.

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