Join Bentsen State Park naturalists and volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors during the annual Hawk Watch. It takes place at the Hawk Tower, Thursdays through Sundays in September and every day in October from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. both months.
Birds of prey are indicators of environmental well-being and Bentsen’s annual Hawk Watch program contributes to HawkCount – a long-term study monitoring raptor population trends and the largest standardized raptor migration count network in the world. HawkCount is a project of Hawk Migration Association of North America.
Participation offers an opportunity to learn more about the migration and field identification of birds of prey. Novice and beginning hawk watchers can practice their raptor identification skills with the help of naturalists on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hawk Tower.
There is also an opportunity for the public to assist the park’s volunteer hawk counters during a citizen science program. A volunteer training day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. This will be a classroom focus on field identification of raptors in flight.
Participants should bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water. Park admission and registration is required. To register for the hawk watch training day or for more information, contact Park Interpreters Roy J. Rodriguez or Hannah Buschert at 584-9156. at Bentsen-RGV State Park and World Birding Center, 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission
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