Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival

September 15-16, 2017

Join the USFS Chelan/Entiat Ranger District, HawkWatch International, and North Central Washington Audubon Society this fall for the 9th annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival. This free family event combines activities in Pateros, WA and migration trips to the Chelan Ridge migration site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories.


You will get to see raptor demonstrations, visit with local vendors, and take a trip to the spectacular Chelan Ridge HawkWatch where visitors can see raptors such as Cooper’s Hawks up close when they are banded and released. Chelan Ridge sits 5,675 feet above sea level along the flyway of migrating raptors. HawkWatch International field crew who live at the Ridge during the migration season will offer insight into what it is like to live and breathe raptors and show how the birds are banded and tracked. This is an amazing experience with environmental education and interpretation conducted by on-site educators, Forest Service personnel, and volunteers.


Migration and Raptor ID Presentation with Dave Oleyar

When: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7pm

Where: Pateros Fire House (located on the corner of South Dawson and East Industrial Way)

Details: Join HWI's Dave Oleyar for a migration and raptor ID presentation before heading out to the site on Saturday.  Dave will also be available on Saturday up on the Ridge for visitors, and will discuss in-flight identification as birds migrate down the ridge, and demonstrate in-hand identification including sexing, aging, and molting of birds. Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

Email Richard Scranton to register. Space for all 3 events is limited so sign up early. Please arrive ½ hour early for the field trips. The departure point for the field trips will be at Memorial Park in Pateros behind the bakery

 

Wells Wildlife Area Fieldtrip with Mark Johnston

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8am

Where: Wells Wildlife Area

Details: Join Mark Johnston, North Central Washington Audubon Society board member, to a fieldtrip to Wells Wildlife Area. Wells Wildlife Area covers about 450 acres along the Columbia River between Brewster and Bridgeport. Wetlands and ponds on the unit and Wells Pool provide habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed extensive riparian habitat on the unit providing dense cover for wildlife.This trip will return by noon so that folks can still sign up for the 12:30 PM Chelan Ridge carpool trip. 

Email Richard Scranton to register. Space for all 3 events is limited so sign up early. Please arrive ½ hour early for the field trips. The departure point for the field trips will be at Memorial Park in Pateros behind the bakery.

 

Hawk Migration Festival

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 10am-4pm

Where: Pateros Memorial Park 

Details: Join us for a family-friendly day where you will see live raptors, enjoy hands-on activities for children, learn how to use binoculars and spotting scopes, and have the opportunity to visit with lots of fantastic bird and conservation organizations.

Children's activities include: Birding games, face painting, a build a dam activity courtesy of the Methow Beaver Project, and live raptors brought in by Washington State University Raptor Club and Brad Felger, a master falconer. 

Vendor booths will feature: cutting-edge optics from Wild Birds Unlimited, the latest birding guides from Trails End Bookstore, and beautiful birdhouses built by Daniel Anderman.

 

Caravan to Chelan Ridge HawkWatch

Space for the caravan to Chelan Ridge is now full. You may email Richard Scranton to be placed on a waiting list. 

Instead of shuttle bus transportation to the ridge during the Hawk Migration Festival, we must carpool. Black Canyon Road, one of the two roads up to the ridge, remains closed due to previous fires, so traffic up to the Hawk Watch Site must be limited. Therefore, on Saturday the 16th, we will offer 2 field trips to Chelan Ridge:

  • The first will leave Memorial Park in Pateros at 8 am and return at noon.
  • The second will leave Memorial Park in Pateros 12:30 pm and return at 4:30 pm.

We need volunteer drivers. When signing up, please let us know if you can drive and how many extra people you can take in your vehicle. The road can be bumpy and all-wheel-drive is recommended. Up on the ridge, trained raptor biologists will talk about raptors and the extraordinary journey as the birds head south. As in years past, this will be an amazing educational experience involving environmental education and interpretation conducted by on-site educators, including US Forest Service personnel and volunteers.

Email Richard Scranton to register. Space for all 3 events is limited so sign up early. Please arrive ½ hour early for the field trips. The departure point for the field trips will be at Memorial Park in Pateros behind the bakery.