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Hawk programs at libraries

HawkWatch International will present programs at four North Central Regional Library branches this month as part of its annual fall raptor migrant program.

The organization has been counting and observing hawks and other migrating raptors from a location on Chelan Ridge north of Lake Chelan since 1998.

HawkWatch will give presentations at the following branches:

  • Waterville Public Library at 5 p.m. Sept. 10
  • Entiat Public Library at 5 p.m. Sept. 12
  • Pateros Public Library at 4 p.m. Sept. 14
  • Brewster Public Library at 11 a.m. Sept. 13.

He will also do similar programs at the Chelan Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. Sept. 13; and the Pateros Firehouse at 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

The program, Raptor Rendezvous, will cover the history of HawkWatch International’s work, why long-term monitoring of raptor migration is important, an update on ongoing research, and a discussion of conservation concerns for birds of prey.

This year, HawkWatch began its annual bird count at Chelan Ridge in late August and will continue until the end of October. The public is invited to visit the site. Between 2,000 and 3,000 migrants and up to 17 different species of birds are observed at the site each season. The most common species are sharp-shinned hawks, red-tailed hawks, Cooper’s hawks, northern harrier, golden eagles, and American kestrels.

The organization will host its ninth annual Hawkfest at Pateros Memorial Park on Sept. 15, which will include family activities, live bird demonstrations, and shuttles up to the Chelan Ridge observation site.

 

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