CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 Annual Event – Hawk Watch Weekend – April 18 – 19, 2020

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 The Gunsight Mountain Hawk Watch Weekend

The Harlan’s Hawk Capitol

of the World!

at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway:  10:00 AM

We’ve been holding out for miraculous good news, but it looks like Anchorage Audubon is forced to cancel both our April program and The Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch Weekend.

Birding is one of the few things that can go on as usual in a pandemic, but for everyone’s safety, we can’t do it in organized groups.

We hope you get out on the trails. Spring arrivals are just starting and we don’t want anybody to miss the fun. We’ll post upcoming events as soon as we know if they’ll be possible.

Stay safe and well, and we hope to see you soon.

 

Our Annual Hawk Watch Weekend in collaboration with the Mat-Su Birders will take place this year on April 18 & 19th.   It’s the Greatest Event of the Birding Year in Alaska!

Our Hawk Watch is known as “The Harlan’s Hawk Capital of the World” because you’ll see more Harlan’s Hawks here than anywhere else on Earth.

There is no ornithological tailgate party like this anywhere in the country!

Celebrate the return of spring migrating raptors with this annual Anchorage Audubon field trip of the spring. Migrating raptors that can be seen along the ridge line near MP 118.8 include Golden Eagle, Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, and Merlin. Swainson’s Hawk and Osprey have also been seen migrating through this area as well as Swans, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, and the occasional Northern Hawk Owl.   Bring warm clothing, binoculars, spotting scopes, lunch, snacks, and lawn chairs and sit back while you watch migrating raptors glide over the nearby ridge.

Generally great weather, albeit a little chilly sometimes – The dog doesn’t quite seem so enraptured by the passing raptors as is everyone else.

The Hawkwatch is a spectacle that is unrivaled in Alaska.  It’s a great gathering, a fabulous party, and the birds are astounding.  If you have never attended the Hawk Watch, you’ll never be the same.  The scenery is gorgeous!

Hawk Watch Panorama taken from a 100 Megapixel image of the Chugach Mountains to the south of MP 118.8 of the Glenn Highway

Meet at 10:00 AM at the waysides at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway. A short raptor identification talk will take place at 10:30 AM.  On Sunday, April 19, the Mat-Su Birders will host their annual Hawk Watch Potluck BBQ at the same location.   For details on the Mat-Su Hawk Watch – www.matsubirders.org/html/calendar.html.

Hawk Watch – Northern Harrier (note the black wing tips)

A special birder’s banquet will be hosted by the Sheep Mountain Lodge on Saturday night, but the usual annual speaker has yet been determined.  Rooms are available at the Lodge for those who want to stay on site for the entire Hawkwatch Weekend.  Sheep Mountain Lodge may be ready for room reservations for lodging, but dinner reservations might not be ready yet.  Sheep Mountain Lodge did mention a continental breakfast, so you should just ask about dinner and breakfast when you call about lodging.  We’ll update this website when we learn more.

Hawk Watch 2012 – Golden Eagle

And once again, Anchorage Audubon and the Mat-Su Birders are honored to supply Port-A-Potties at the event for your Hawkwatching pleasure.   

We’d Love to Have You Join Us.

Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2020

Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway

 

 

 

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