Friday, September 1, 2017

Hawk migration events with Loon Echo Land Trust

The arrival of early to mid-September’s cooler weather coincides with New England’s largest hawk migration of the year. On the evening of Wednesday, September 6 at the Harrison Village Library, Loon Echo Biologist, Paul Miller kicks off the hawk migration season with a Hawk Migration Talk from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the first of two free public programs to educate bird lovers from novice to expert, on this annual migration.

Miller's presentation and discussion will include ideal conditions for viewing, species of interest to look for, as well as helpful online resources for tracking seasonal bird migration. The Harrison Village Library is located at 4 Front Street across the street from the post office. 

The second of Loon Echo's Hawk Migration Programs will occur on Saturday, September 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Dick Anderson, former Director of the Maine Audubon, will bring his enthusiasm for the southern hawk migration to Hacker’s Hill Preserve in Casco for Loon Echo’s annual Hawk Migration Watch Program.  

Numerous species of hawks begin their seasonal migration around this time and under ideal conditions birders have seen over one-thousand in a day. In past years many varieties of hawks have been observed along with bald eagles and osprey. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars, water and snacks. 

Parking is available by driving to the top of the road into Hacker's Hill Preserve on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, approximately one mile from the Route 11 intersection and four miles from the Route 302 intersection. Please park in the “Event Parking” area to the right of the summit.  

For more information about upcoming events or ways you can support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to their website or call 207-647-4352.

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