Acadia's 2009 HawkWatch Begins
Contact: Lora Haller, 207-288-8810
Acadia National Park will begin its 15th annual HawkWatch season on Wednesday, August 19. Thousands of birds of prey, including falcons, hawks, ospreys and eagles, migrate through Acadia in the autumn. Each year thousands of park visitors join HawkWatch to see and learn more about these fascinating birds.
HawkWatch will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily through October 14, weather permitting. Park rangers and volunteers will help visitors find and identify birds passing by, and provide natural history information on raptors and related topics. Data collected on the raptors will contribute to a regional picture of hawk populations generated from data collected at similar sites all over New England. More than 200 hawk-watching sites across North America, including Acadia, submit their data to the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA), which can help in determining the stability and health of raptor populations.
Numbers seen on Cadillac Mountain vary greatly, depending on weather patterns. Clearing days with northerly winds after the passage of a cold front are often particularly productive. About 2,500 raptors are sighted at the HawkWatch annually. Residents of neighboring communities are encouraged to visit often and become part of the cadre of “regulars” who contribute greatly to the overall count. This event provides rewarding memories and allows everyone in the family to participate in the thrill of spotting birds of prey and learning about raptor migration.
The site is located on the Cadillac North Ridge Trail, 200 yards from the Cadillac summit parking lot. Further information about HawkWatch, including season totals, may be found at http://www.nps.gov/acad/naturescience/hawkwatch.htm. Daily hawk counts will also be posted in the park at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Park Headquarters, and Cadillac Summit Center. For further information, including visiting with a large group or school group, or volunteering, contact Lora Haller at 207-288-8810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.