Hawk Watching at Mt. Holyoke: Learning with the Land
October 2 - December 31
Thousands of hawks of all kinds fly over the Pioneer Valley on their way to their wintering grounds to the south every fall. One of the best places to view this great migration is from the summit of the Mount Holyoke Range. Join Dave King, PhD, wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service and professor at UMass Amherst, for an introduction to the Hawk Watch. You’ll learn about the varieties of hawks and how they differ, as well as how they use the landscape to assist their journey.
When this video was filmed in mid-September 2020, nearly 2,000 birds were observed in one day, including a group of 300 hawks. (Thanks to Chris Yerlig for this data.)