Raptor Observatories Open through November 15

Posted on October 28, 2015
A rehabilitated broad-winged hawk takes flight at the Carter Hill Raptor Observatory. Photo by Jen Esten.

A rehabilitated broad-winged hawk takes flight at the Carter Hill Raptor Observatory. Photo by Jen Esten.

In November, at NH Audubon’s two raptor observatories, the rewards can be great despite the season winding down mid-month. The crowds have thinned out, so you may find more solitude and one-on-one time with our staff Naturalists at each of the Carter Hill (Concord) and Pack Monadnock (Peterborough) Raptor Observatories.

You may see Golden Eagles (an incredible three were recorded in a single day at Carter Hill on October 21, and they are equally likely to be seen in November). In addition, visitors’ best chances of seeing the rare Rough-legged Hawk exist.

There are a few important things to know when visiting. November hours (weather permitting) are 9am–3pm, and visitors to Pack Monadnock will have to hike the 1.5-mile road or trail to the summit on most days. And, please, plan for colder weather than expected in order to have an enjoyable visit!

The 2015 migration season has already been a banner year with excellent numbers of raptors, including several records. Visitation has been high, and many school and other groups have benefited from the learning opportunities that the observatories afford. It is not too late to help the raptor observatories stay on track financially; and if you haven’t made your 2015 contribution yet, here is a way to do so. Your support is appreciated!