Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch Program

11sep7:00 pm8:30 pmFranklin Mountain Hawkwatch Program7:00 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-04:00)

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On Wednesday, September 11, 2024, Andy Mason will present a program on the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch, one of NY State’s premier fall raptor migration sites. He will discuss the data gathered at the site as part of a largely citizen science effort to monitor hawk and eagle populations and movements in North America.

Franklin Mt. is noted for late season flights of Red-tailed Hawks and Golden Eagles. In 2018, 323 Goldens were tallied at the site, the highest total in the 35 year history of the hawkwatch. He will also give a brief overview of the Audubon Chapter’s other citizen science efforts.

In conjunction with the program, OCCA will sponsor a visit to the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m. This time period coincides with the peak movement of Broad-winged Hawks, a species that can travel in flocks of up to a hundred birds under the right conditions.

Trip participants can carpool from the Price Chopper parking lot in Emmons for the 15 minute drive to the hawk watch. The lookout is a 10-minute uphill walk through a field from parking. An accessible toilet is available at the site. An extra layer of clothing is suggested, along with binoculars if possible. Participants who want to go directly to the site can find directions to the Audubon Sanctuary at Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch – Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society ( For information on the trip, contact Andy Mason, (607) 267-8491,

Andy Mason is co-president of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and a founder of the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch. He is past chair of the Audubon Council of NY State, and past president of the NY State Ornithological Association. Andy has been an active birder for over 35 years, participated in the NY State Breeding Bird Atlases, and has lead bird workshops for the Appalachian Mountain Club.

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September 11, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-04:00)


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A.J Reed Science Discovery Center 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta, NY, 13820

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