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Hawk Watch Report 2008 – 21st Anniversary

By | January 1st, 2009|Hawk Watch Updates|

Happy New Year!! Hope this report finds all of you doing well in 2009! I’m writing this report during a January cold snap and thinking about spring all ready! The first raptor of the season was a Northern Harrier during the first hour on September 1, with a few Broadwing Hawks as single birds or [...]

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WAS dedicates Park Bench to Henry Kurtz at Fort Washington State Park

By | May 18th, 2008|Fort Washington State Park, Hawk Watch Updates, WAS News|

Well, it finally happened, just before the rain started. The Henry Keller Kurtz memorial bench was dedicated. The local Kurtzes all turned up, with all sorts of goodies for lunch. They were setting up the picnic tables under the trees as I arrived. At 11:00 AM we gathered on the Militia Hill hawk watch deck [...]

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Hawk Watch Report 2007 – 20th Anniversary

By | November 16th, 2007|Hawk Watch Updates|

On September 1, the first day of this year’s hawkwatch, 48 people turned up, as well as one Bald Eagle, four Sharp-shinned Hawks, three Cooper’s Hawks, two Broad-winged Hawks and one American Kestrel. This was a respectable, if not noteworthy, assortment and number of migrating raptors. But the best way to describe this first week [...]

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Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report 2006

By | November 16th, 2006|Hawk Watch Updates|

Ospreys and Eagles Up, Broadwings Down By Jane Henderson with Marylea Klauder The annual Halloween picnic, attended by nearly 70 people, marked the official close of the 2006 Hawk Watch at Militia Hill. Photo albums of current and previous years were on display. Good spirits, glorious weather, camaraderie and lots of good food made the [...]

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Hawk Watch Educational Display

By | September 1st, 2006|Hawk Watch Updates, Uncategorized|

DCNR Secretary Mike DiBerardinis (center) and Environmental Educational Coordinator Mike Jones (right) presented an educational display during the recent dedication of the new Militia Hill Hawk Watch tower at Fort Washington State park. Accepting the display are (left to right) Friends of Fort Washington State Park President Dick Flavell, Hawkwatch Coordinator Marylea Klauder and ParkSuperintendent [...]

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Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report 2005

By | November 17th, 2005|Hawk Watch Updates|

Eagles, Accipiters and an Anhinga By Jane Henderson with Marylea Klauder 2005 was an excellent year at the hawkwatch on Militia Hill. Once again, some records were broken between the first day, September 1 and the last day, October 31. A total of 62 Bald Eagles were sighted, more than on any previous year. 140 [...]

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Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report 2004

By | November 17th, 2004|Hawk Watch Updates|

Militia Hill Hawkwatch: 17 Years and Counting by Jane Henderson A gala Halloween party at the park pavilion marked the end of another great hawk watching season. Over 70 people attended, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch buffet of everything from Marylea’s famous soup to Eva’s special wild mushroom dishes. Special guest falconer Tom Stanton arrived [...]

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Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report 2003

By | November 17th, 2003|Hawk Watch Updates|

Isabel Sends Broadwings to Central Flyway by Jane Henderson From September 1 through October 31, five Militia Hill Hawkwatch records were broken. We had the largest number of Bald Eagles ever, 51; we had the largest number of Northern Harriers, Cooper’s Hawks and Bald Eagles in a single day; and we had the smallest total [...]

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Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report 2002

By | November 17th, 2002|Hawk Watch Updates|

15 Years on the Hill: Militia Hill Hawkwatch Report 2002 by Jane Henderson It rained on September 1st, the first day of the official hawkwatch season at Militia Hill in Fort Washington State Park. Not an auspicious way to start. But the weather and the birds cooperated on September 2nd, and, in the course of [...]

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Militia Hill Hawk Watch 2001

By | November 17th, 2001|Hawk Watch Updates|

2001 Season Report by Jane Henderson A small American flag, attached to the railing of the Militia Hill Hawkwatch platform and bravely blowing in the breeze, served as a grim reminder of the terrible events that took place on September 11, 2001. Conversations on the Hill often focused on those events and their aftermath, even [...]

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