Hawk Mountain kestrel webcam is back
A webcam inside an American kestrel nestbox that is monitored by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is giving everyone with an internet connection a bird’s eye look at the family life of falcons. To date, a female has laid four eggs and is beginning to spend more time in the box.
To tune in, just visit hawkmountain.org/webcam and click the link to watch the live streaming feed or browse to view footage from last year’s nesting pair. Directly below the livestream, users can post observations or ask questions, or, simply follow Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on Facebook for the latest news on nest activity.
“This year we’re building on Hawk Mountain’s own long-term research on the kestrel and providing a kestrel curricula for school teachers,” says director of education Erin Brown. “We hosted a professional workshop in March and intend to host it again next year for those educators who want more information.”
Teachers can also contact brown at hawkmountain.org and mark their calendars for other upcoming workshops for professional educators this summer: Pennsylvania Songbirds on May 15, Pennsylvania Biodiversity on June 18, and Wild about Raptors on August 10. All workshops cost just $5, are approved for Act 48 hours, and can be reserved by calling 610-756-6000 x108.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has been studying the breeding, wintering and migratory habits of American kestrels for more than 50 years. Today more than 200 kestrel nestboxes have been placed within a 25-mile radius of Hawk Mountain, and each year, the boxes are cleaned and monitored for signs of activity. If successful, nestlings are banded at two weeks of age.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, education, and professional training. The 2,500-acre Sanctuary is open to the public year-round and offers scenic views, an 8-mile trail system, and the chance to watch the spring and autumn migration of raptors from atop its overlooks. Operated as a non-profit, trail fees and membership dues directly support Hawk Mountain and its conservation mission. To learn more, visit www.hawkmountain.org or call 610-756-6961.
Contact: Mary Linkevich
Director of Communication & Grants
linkevich at hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6000 x211
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, Pa 19529
info at hawkmountain.org, www.hawkmountain.org
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