Hawk Watch Celebrates 30 Years Julian Journal • Thu, Nov 28, 2019 The annual Hawk Watch season has become a tradition for many
Hawk Watch Celebrates 30 Years
Julian Journal • Thu, Nov 28, 2019
The annual Hawk Watch season has become a tradition for many folks who are inspired by the beautiful raptors that soar the skies. And fortunately for those fans, the new season will kick off in Ramona very soon.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hawk Watch, run by Wildlife Research Institute, which operates out of Julian.
“We started in 1990 with less than 30 people per event, and now we regularly have 200 to 300 people every Saturday,” says WRI director Dave Bittner. “We have done this for all that time without ever canceling for weather.”
Hawk Watch takes place every Saturday in January and February. WRI biologists educate the public about a variety of raptors. Among the birds of prey visitors can expect to see are golden eagles, bald eagles, ferruginous hawks, red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls.
Hawk Watch is free and open to the public, and takes place rain or shine. Suggested arrival time is 9:30 a.m., with the event running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages are welcome. Hawk Watch takes place in Ramona at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., which overlooks the Ramona Grasslands County Preserve. Guests are advised to wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes, and bring binoculars and folding chairs.
Nineteen species of raptors have been recorded at this well-known “raptor hotspot.” Visitors will learn the life histories of the birds, as well as their significance to the grasslands ecosystem.
The program includes flight demonstrations by trained raptors, offering a wonderful chance to see these impressive birds up close.
(Saturday) 10:00 am
18528 Highland Valley Road Ramona Ca 92065
Wildlife Research Institute