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‘Nocturnal Nature: Listening to Bird Migration’ tonight in Hancock 

  • Raptor biologist Chad Witko and volunteer Levi Burford keep a close eye on the sky above Pack Monadnock at the raptor observatory area last week. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin


Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:51PM
Nocturnal Nature: Listening to Bird MigrationTonight, Sept. 13, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Harris Center

Every fall, the night sky comes alive with the sound of migration as songbirds join geese, ducks, herons, gulls, shorebirds, and more in an epic exodus that is one of the great natural wonders of the world. For the last several years, Eric Masterson has been operating a nocturnal flight call station from his yard in Hancock, recording and analyzing the calls of migrating birds as they pass unseen overhead. Join him to learn about this fascinating and little-known window into bird migration. RSVP to Masterson at 525-3394 or masterson@harriscenter.org.

Raptor Migration in NH: What the Numbers Tell UsSept. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Harris Center

Join Pack Monadnock Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown for a talk about hawkwatching in New Hampshire, raptor identification and the natural history of commonly-seen hawk species. He’ll share what we’ve learned from observing the spectacle of the fall migration at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory for the past 13 years, along with anecdotes from the observatory, identification techniques and tips on timing for enjoying this annual event. You’ll also learn more about the new Harris Center–N.H. Audubon hawkwatching partnership. For more information, contact Brown at 525-3499 or brown@harriscenter.org.

Mount Monadnock Hike and Hawk WatchSept. 22, 9 a.m., Dublin Trail

Join Tom Warren during peak hawk migration week for a hike and hawkwatching from points along Mount Monadnock’s Dublin Trail. Though there will not be a visit to the summit, expect a strenuous hike of about 2.5 to 3 miles roundtrip. Stops at suitable vantage points to scan the sky for southbound migrants. Bring binoculars, and meet at 9 a.m. at the Dublin Trail trailhead off Old Troy Road, to return by 1 p.m. RSVP to Warren at 563-7190 ttwassociates@myfairpoint.net.

Pack Monadnock Raptor ReleaseSept. 22, 3 p.m., Pack Monadnock, Miller State Park

This annual event is timed to coincide with the peak of the broad-winged hawk migration, so bring your binoculars and hope to witness a spectacle. International Hawk Migration Week festivities will occur all day long, but the raptor release takes place at 3 p.m. at the raptor observatory atop Pack Monadnock. Be sure to arrive early to get a parking spot. The event is free, though there’s a fee to enter Miller State Park ($4 per adult and $2 for children age 6 to 11. Children age 5 and under, and N.H. residents 65 and older, are free). For more information, contact Phil Brown at 525-3499 or brown@harriscenter.org.

Mount Monadnock Hike and Hawk WatchSept. 29, 9 a.m., Dublin Trail

Join Tom Warren for a hike and hawk watch from points along Mount Monadnock’s Dublin Trail. Bring binoculars, and meet at 9 a.m. at the Dublin Trail trailhead off Old Troy Road, to return by 1 p.m. RSVP to Warren at 563-7190 ttwassociates@myfairpoint.net.

“Big Sit” Migration Watch at Pack MonadnockOct. 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory

Join fellow birders and hawk watchers for the annual “Big Sit” event – a tally of all bird species as viewed from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Come for an hour or stay the whole day, and lend your eyes to the skies.

Plovers, Knots, and Spoonies: Shorebird Success Stories from the FieldNov. 1, 7 to 8 p.m., Hancock Town Library

Join Scott Hecker, director of bird conservation for the International Conservation Fund of Canada, for a talk about ICFC’s work to protect Piping Plovers, Red Knots, Spoon-billed Sandpipers and more on their wintering grounds in the southern hemisphere.

Watching for Golden Eagles from Mount MonadnockNov. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dublin Trail

Join Tom Warren during the peak week for Golden Eagles to migrate through the Monadnock Region on their way south from Quebec. A hike of Mount Monadnock’s Dublin Trail, stopping at suitable vantage points to scan the skies for this charismatic raptor.