Tired of being cooped up? Head outside to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on Saturday, February 13 for a day-long event focused on feeding birds during the long winter months. All events are free but a trail fee applies for those who wish to hike to scenic overlooks or to participate in the guided winter walk.
“Winter is a great time to be outside and you get to enjoy a different perspective,” says Mary Linkevich, director of communications at the Sanctuary. “The trails are peaceful, the view is crystal clear, and it’s a fantastic time to take photos and look for wildlife tracks.”
A look out the large windows at the Visitor Center will demonstrate how the cold months bring on a “feeder frenzy,” as large numbers of winter birds gather to collect seed and drink at the heated birdbath at one of two well-maintained bird feeding stations. A volunteer naturalist will help identify bird species and provide information on how anyone can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Other programs include two live raptor programs at 11 am and 2 pm, a guided winter tree walk at 12:30 and 1:30 (trail fee applies; ages 12 and older), and complimentary bird-friendly coffee and hot chocolate throughout the day. The kids also will enjoy making two winter-themed crafts between noon and 2 pm or taking part in an outdoor winter scavenger hunt at noon or 1 pm.
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 trail fee or membership, which in turn supports the non-profit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local-to-global research, training, and education programs. To learn more about Hawk Mountain, for trail fees, directions, or other information, please call 610-756-6961 or visitwww.hawkmountain.org.