AUDUBON SOCIETY SPONSORING SEPT. 21 HAWK WATCH
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a trip to Washington
Monument State Park, on South Mountain near Boonsboro, MD, on
Wednesday, September 21 to watch migrating hawks.
Anyone with an interest is invited to participate.
The annual Broad-winged Hawk migration should be at or near its peak
that week, and South Mountain is one of the best sites in the
mid-Atlantic for viewing hawks.
The Park's monument offers an excellent vantage point to watch these
magnificent birds as they ride the thermals that sweep along the
Other species that may be seen include the Sharp-shinned Hawk, the
Red-shouldered Hawk, the Red-tailed Hawk, the American Kestrel, and the
Local naturalist Dave Weesner will lead the trip and help identify the
The Park is located four miles east of Boonsboro and 1 1/2 miles north
of Alternate Route 40 on Monument Road.
Participants will gather at 9:00 a.m. in the Park's uppermost parking
lot, just below the monument. From there, the group will walk the up to
the monument at the summit. The trail is not long but it is rather
rough and not suitable for anyone who needs assistance.
The length of the stay at the monument will depend on how the hawk
flight is going. If conditions are good, the trip leaders may stay
until early afternoon. Other participants can leave whenever they wish.
The hawk-watch itself is free, but there is a fee to enter the park: $2
for Maryland residents and $3 for others.
No pre-registration is required.
Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, snacks or a
lunch if they wish, and be prepared for chilly weather.
Rest room facilities are available in the Park's parking lot area.
The trip will be cancelled if it is raining because hawks do not fly in
For more information contact Mr. Weesner at 301-302-6376.