Hawkwatch

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In concert with the Mat-Su Birders, the Anchorage Audubon Society annually hosts this great event.

This unique northern migration site, located 120 miles northeast of Anchorage, has been known as a good location to see migrating spring raptors since the 1970s. This valley migration site is best known for its large concentrations of the Harlan’s subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk, but good numbers of Golden Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Northern Goshawks can also be seen from March – May. The count site is easily accessed by any vehicle via a highway pullout on the Glenn Highway.

Directions

From Anchorage, take Hwy 1 (Glenn Highway) towards Palmer and continue on Hwy 1 until you reach the milepost 120 pullout. The main count site (April 1 – May 15) is located at the milepost 120 pullout (GPS coordinates: 61.865761, -147.349418). This is roughly a 2-hour drive from Anchorage. From March 7 – March 31, the count site is located just one mile further east at the milepost 121 pullout (GPS coordinates: 61.881901, -147.336551). Both count sites are handicap accessible, however restrooms are generally not available on site.

What to Bring

  • Binoculars
  • Bird Field Guide
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Seasonal clothes (it can be extremely cold in March and April with temperatures reaching Zero degrees Fahrenheit).  Long underwear, multiple warm layers (base layer, down jacket, winter pants, etc.), warm, thick gloves, winter hat, warm socks, winter boots, hand/feet warmers
  • Camera

When to Visit

Camping near the count site is generally not advised due to cold temperatures and snow cover. However, lodging options are available within a 10-mile drive from the count site at Sheep Mountain Lodge and at Eureka Roadhouse. Lodging operations can vary by season so it is highly advised you make a reservation inquiry before you travel to the count site.

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HawkWatch International – March 7 – May 15, 2017

HawkWatch International

Count Hawks at Gunsight Mountain

at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway 

This spring, a decades-long goal will finally happen for the second year in a row!  We have always wanted to do a complete and thorough Hawk Watch for an entire season at Gunsight Mountain. 

This year, thanks to Neil Paprocki, it will become a reality once again!
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Annual Event – April 15-16, 2017

The Gunsight Mountain Hawk Watch Weekend

The Harlan’s Hawk Capitol

of the World!

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

Our Annual Hawk Watch Weekend in collaboration with the Mat-Su Birders will take place this year on April 15 & 16th.   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.… Read the rest

The Hawk Watch Report from Yesterday – April 7, 2016 – April 8, 2016

The Hawk Watch Report from Yesterday

Gunsight Mountain

“The Harlan’s Hawk Capitol of The World”

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Thursday, we took a trip to the Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch site.  Weather was low ceiling and very few birds were flying, but Fish & Game has been trapping and banding Golden Eagles and we scored when they released one of the birds right in front of us.… Read the rest

The Best Alaskan Hawkwatch Article – April 6, 2016

The Best Alaskan Hawkwatch Article

The BEST Article Ever Written on Hawkwatching in Alaska!

the-best-alaskan-hawkwatch-articleA few years back, The American Birding Association’s magazine, Birding, ran an article about our own Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch by Paul and Cecily Fritz.

The Fritzes led the hawkwatch effort at Gunsight Mountain for many years, and this article describes the site perfectly.  They explain why our hawkwatch is very different from most other hawkwatch sites in the country, which raptors can be seen, when they can be seen, and why the birds even fly in a strangely different direction.… Read the rest

The Hawks Are Here! – April 5, 2016

The Ultimate Hawkwatch at Gunsight Mountain – “The Harlan’s Hawk Capitol of the World”

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This year, Hawkwatch International is once again monitoring the Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch site, but this year it’s bigger than ever.  There will be 2 professional hawk watchers at the site from March 7 until May 15!

Paul and Cecily Fritz dreamed of such a full-scale monitoring effort twenty years ago, and it’s finally happened.… Read the rest

NO Audubon Meeting This Thursday – March 17, 2016 – March 14, 2016

NO Audubon Meeting This Thursday – March 17, 2016

Sorry for the confusion, but there is NO Audubon meeting this Thursday.

Our regular meeting has been replaced by Neil Paprocki’s special Hawkwatch Program on SATURDAY – March 19, 2016.


SPECIAL MARCH PROGRAM

Neil Paprocki from Hawkwatch International
presents

“The Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch
Monitoring Program for 2016″

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Our March 19 Meeting is TOTALLY DIFFERENT this year.… Read the rest

HawkWatch International – March 7 – May 15, 2016

HawkWatch International

Count Hawks at Gunsight Mountain

at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway 

HawkWatch International

HawkWatch International

This spring, a decades-long goal will finally happen.  We have always wanted to do a complete and thorough HawkWatch for an entire season at Gunsight Mountain.  This year, thanks to Neil Paprocki, it will become a reality!
Neil monitored our HawkWatch site for 2 weeks last spring, and this year Neil will return with TWO additional hawk watchers for the entire season.
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Gunsight Mountain Hawk Watch – April 16 – 17, 2016

Gunsight Mountain Hawk Watch

at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway

 

Our Annual HawkWatch Weekend in collaboration with the Mat-Su Birders will take place on April 16 – 17th, 2016.
Hawkwatch - Crowd Looking Up

Hawkwatch – Crowd Looking Up

Celebrate the return of spring migrating raptors with this annual Anchorage Audubon first field trip of the spring. Migrating raptors that can be seen along the ridgeline near MP 118.8 include golden eagle, red-tailed hawk, rough-legged hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, northern goshawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon and merlin.

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