Friday, October 6, 2017

HMANA’s Northern New England Meet Up - October 13-15, 2017

Mid October is one of the most beautiful times to visit the Monadnock Region and Connecticut River Valleys of northern New England
View from Pack Monadnock by Raven.Digital
We are excited about our new weekend meet-ups (or mini-tours) as a way for members and raptor enthusiasts to get together and visit new hawk watches in the monitoring network. This year’s meet-up features New Hampshire’s Pack Monadnock and Carter Hill Raptor Observatories, as well as Vermont’s Putney Mountain Hawk Watch. Mid-October is an exciting time for hawk watching as chances for Northern Goshawk and Golden Eagle increase significantly, and diversity of raptors is high.

Bald Eagle by Lillian Stokes
On Friday night, the group will get together for a short presentation by Monitoring Site Coordinator, Julie Brown followed by dinner, covered by HMANA in Keene NH. Saturday, the group will visit the Carter Hill Hawk Watch which is tucked perfectly into the New England landscape at an active apple orchard and farm stand. You can scan the skies for red-shouldered hawks, pick a few apples and eat a cider doughnut! Then on to Pack Monadnock which is a gorgeous mountaintop hawk watch amidst red spruces and granite. You feel like you’re on top of the world with views looking north into the White mountains and Maine, south into Massachusetts and west into Vermont. Sunday, the group will travel west into southern Vermont to beautiful Putney, an artist community, where we’ll take a short hike up Putney Mountain for more stunning views of VT’s rolling hills and watch migration over the CT River valley.
Northern Goshawk and Red-tailed Hawk at Pack, Raven.Digital
Meet-Ups are more loosely organized than a formal HMANA tour. Participants find lodging on their own and drive themselves. You are welcome to stay with the guide and group throughout the day but also have the freedom to explore and do your own thing. 

Please visit for details and pricing or contact Julie Brown at to reserve your spot. 


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