Hawk Mountain Autumn Lecture Series line-up features global conservation voices
September 9th will kick off the Hawk Mountain Autumn Lecture Series with a free lecture by British ornithologist Jemima ParryJones. 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 Hamburg 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 won-
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.