BAR HARBOR – Acadia National Park will begin its 16th annual Hawk Watch season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.¬† Sunday, Aug. 22.¬† The Hawk Watch will run daily through Oct. 12. Thousands of birds of prey, including falcons, hawks, ospreys and eagles, migrate through Acadia in the autumn. Each year thousands of park visitors join Hawk Watch to see and learn more about these fascinating birds.
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 raptors will contribute to a regional picture of hawk populations generated from data collected at similar sites all over New England. Numbers seen on Cadillac 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 Hawk Watch annually.
Residents of neighboring communities are encouraged to visit often and become part of the cadre of ‚Äúregulars‚ÄĚ 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 Hawk Watch, including season totals, may be found at www.nps.gov/acad/naturescience/hawkwatch.htm. Daily hawk counts will also be posted in the park at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Sieur de Monts Nature Center, and Park Headquarters. For further information, including visiting with a large group, school group, or volunteering, call or email Angi King Johnston at (207) 288-8810 or Angi_King Johnston@nps.gov.
Contact Name: Angi King Johnston
Telephone Number: (207)288-8810