Audubon Greenwich holds 18th annual Fall Festival & Hawk Watch

Audubon Greenwich welcomes families to its 18th annual Fall Festival and Hawk Watch this weekend. The fun-for-all-ages nature festival will be held (rain or shine) Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Audubon Center in Greenwich, located at 613 Riversville Road.

hawk-child-audubon“Every year we celebrate the fall season and annual migration of magnificent raptors through our area, which is part of the Atlantic Flyway that stretches to the Carribean,” said Michelle Frankel, Ph.D., Center Director for Audubon Greenwich. “Families come back  year after year for the unique chance to view hundreds or even thousands of birds as they pass over the Audubon Center in Greenwich,  which is honored to be one of BirdLife International’s Important Bird Areas.”

Since the hawk watch season began on August 20, Audubon Greenwich staff with the help of citizen science volunteers have seen more than 900 birds of prey, including 40 bald eagles and 150 ospreys, fly over the sanctuary.

“We are expecting a big increase in the movement of hawks over the next several days, so this weekend should be an excellent time to come out,” said Frankel. “If conditions are right on Saturday, visitors could see as many as a thousand broad-winged hawks migrating overhead over the course of the day.”

Activities, Admission & Sponsorship

Among the most popular activities during the Festival are the live Birds of Prey Flight Shows, during which visitors are able to learn about and gain an appreciation for birds of prey by seeing them up close as they are expertly and carefully handled by Audubon Greenwich staff.

This exciting event also features workshops, eco-friendly exhibits and a variety of fun autumn- and bird-themed activities for kids and families, including:

  •    Live Raptor Shows (at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day)
  •    Rehabilitated Hawk Releases (4 p.m. each day)
  •    Petting Zoo (meet a kangaroo and bearded dragon, take a goat for a stroll and pet baby animals)
  •    Rock Climbing Wall
  •    Hayrides
  •    Face Painting
  •    Guided Hikes
  •    Games & Crafts
  •    Local Exhibitors
  •     Food

Children under three are admitted free. For older guests, admission is $10 at the door for members and $15 for non-members. A 10% discount is offered for online ticket orders at http://greenwich.audubon.org/news/18th-annual-fall-festival-hawk-watch. Annual memberships for Audubon Greenwich start at $50.

The Fall Festival & Hawk Watch is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, including Capital Group Private Client Services; Fox Run Management, LLC; Homefront Farmers; McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center; Minchin Buick GMC; Patriot Bank; Serendipity; White Tiger Tae Kwon Do; and Whole Foods of Greenwich.

Front Row on the Flight Path

The Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch, located on the grounds of the Audubon Center in Greenwich, is one of the premier hawk watches in the northeast. It is also an important Audubon Citizen Science initiative that coordinates with birders and nature enthusiasts throughout Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, and lower Westchester County in New York. Their hawk observation records are shared with scientists throughout the Americas via the hawkcount.org web site.

From late August to late November, hawk watchers count and observe thousands of raptors that pass over the site heading south for the winter. On a good day with northwest winds, one may see a good variety and large number of hawks such as Bald Eagles, Kestrels, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Ospreys, Broad-winged Hawks, and Peregrine Falcons among others.

Contact: Michelle Frankel, Center Director, 845-893-0776, [email protected]

Audubon Greenwich encompasses seven nature sanctuaries and a vibrant education center at its 285-acre main sanctuary. As part of the Audubon Connecticut state office of the National Audubon Society and the Atlantic Flyway, we work to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity—while connecting people with nature and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our nature trails, programs, events, and store & gift shop throughout the year. Learn more at greenwich.audubon.org.

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