Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present the first program in the “Trailside Talks” series, “Hawk Watch,” on Sunday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. This free program is open to adults ages 18 and older. 

“The fall hawk migration is the perfect time to visit and experience the beauty of the Watchung Reservation,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, “Participants will have the chance to learn about the many different birds of prey that can be seen in New Jersey and discover how to identify them in flight.”  

Every year, thousands of hawks migrate through New Jersey in the fall. This program explains the hows and whys of hawk migration, varying methods of migration, the latest theories on the strategies that birds use to navigate as well as look at the challenges they face in migration. A one hour hawk watch walk is scheduled, weather permitting. The program will be led by Pete Axelrod, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator of Wild Birds Unlimited in Scotch Plains.

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For more information about this program or other activities for adults, families and children at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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