New Jersey Audubon To Hold Hawk Watch on Sept. 16 in Bernardsville

Migratory bird watching with the New Jersey Audubon Society. Credits: New Jersey Audubon Society

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ – The Public Is Invited to experience the Annual Migration of Raptors. The New Jersey Audubon Society invites the public to bring their binoculars, sunscreen and ball caps, as New Jersey Audubon will be gazing to the heavens on September 16 for a hawk watch at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, in Bernardsville.  Every September, tens of thousands of migrating Broad-winged Hawks vacate northeastern forests en route to the forests of Central and South America and you are invited to join in this amazing migration with world renowned birding expert Pete Dunne.

Waiting for clear September skies and a good tail wind, the birds will set off on their annual exodus across New Jersey airspace. The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature Pete Dunne, NJ Audubon’s Birding Ambassador, who will showcase migrating Broad-winged Hawks leaving northeastern forests to travel southward to the forests of Central and South America.

Unless there is heavy rain, onlookers will be able to see Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, migrating Osprey and Sharp-shinned Hawks. The narrow flight is dependent upon thermal production and wind direction, but September 16 is the statistically perfect date to see these woodland hawks.

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New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary is strategically situated to catch the migration.  Located on 276 acres of forested ridge, surrounding fields and woodland, the sanctuary hosts an array of birds and animals. New Jersey Audubon staff will help visitors understand what they are seeing, even offering loaner binoculars.

Dunne will be signing some of his nature books. He has written 15 of them, to date, including “Birds of Prey,” which features North America’s 33 raptor species.

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