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New Hampshire’s Premier Hawkwatching Site
The fall hawk migration is one of the great wonders of the natural world, and we are fortunate to have one of New England’s best spots for watching the migration right here in our backyard: the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory, which has been collecting hawk migration data from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Miller State Park in Peterborough since 2005. Every autumn, as thousands of raptors pass overhead on their way to southern wintering grounds, Hawk Watch staff tally the birds as part of an international effort to monitor raptor population trends in the Americas. Each year, thousands of human visitors also come to the Observatory to witness the spectacle of the migration.
In 2018, the Harris Center and New Hampshire Audubon entered into a new partnership to provide research and education staffing for this local treasure.
To learn more, visit the Observatory, download the Hawk Watch brochure, attend one of our seasonal hawk migration events, follow our seasonal field reports, dig deeper into the history of hawkwatching at Pack Monadnock, read up on the research, or contact Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown.
A school group searches for hawks at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. (photo © Cynthia Nichols))
A rehabilitated Broad-winged Hawk is released back to the wild at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. (photo © Raven Digital)
A kettle of hawks rides a thermal during the fall raptor migration. (photo © Billtacular via the Flickr Creative Commons)
For more information on the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory or to volunteer, please contact Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown.