Fair-Weather, Semi-Spontaneous Hawk Watch Meet-Up

Sunday, September 11, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Leaders:  Jim & Kathy Zeman, Sandi & Bob Duchesne.
Vanpool from Old Town at 7:30, from FPAC at 8:00, or meet us on Cadillac mountain summit at 9:00.
Cost: Free; donations accepted to benefit FPAC.
Pre-registration needed for van passengers; contact Sandi at 827-3782/ [email protected]

Coastal hawk watches are great fun…when the weather is just right. On a clear September day with a steady northerly breeze, hundreds of raptors might pass by the observation point. On a less favorable day, you’d be lucky to see ten. So here’s the deal:  *IF* the weather report looks promising on Saturday night, we’ll vanpool to Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, picking up riders in Old Town and at FPAC.  We’ll meet co-leaders Jim and Kathy on the Cadillac summit at 9:00 a.m., along with any folks who prefer to drive themselves. We’ll stick around until the hawk action drops off, until most folks are ready to leave, or until 2:00 p.m., whichever comes first.  We expect to return to FPAC by 3:00 p.m., opting for additional sightseeing and birding on the return trip if we end up leaving the hawk watch early.

If on the other hand the weather promises little or no hawk migration activity on Sunday, we will cancel this trip by 6 p.m. on Saturday night.  No harm, no foul (or would that be no fowl…?).  Call or e-mail Sandi between 6 and 9 p.m. to confirm if we’re going or not.

Van capacity is limited to 11 passengers, although you’ll have the option to caravan with us if we exceed that number.  Pre-registration is needed only if you want to be assured of a seat on the van. Otherwise, feel free to simply show up at any of the designated meet-up spots on Sunday morning, no reservations required!  Be sure to bring binoculars, a brown-bag lunch to enjoy on the mountain, and a spotting scope if you have one, although leaders will share theirs.