Hawkwatching at Chelan Ridge

Hawkwatching at Chelan Ridge
Program Series Field Excursions, Learning Center Programs
When Sep 16, 2017 06:00 AM to Sep 17, 2017 04:00 PM
Where Chelan Ridge Hawk Watch Station
Class Tuition $125.00
Clock hours 12.0
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Each autumn, thousands of hawks, eagles and falcons cruise along a high ridge perched above Lake Chelan on their way to winter territories. This year, during the peak of migration, you can witness this amazing spectacle by joining biologists from the US Forest Service, HawkWatch International and the North Cascades Institute for a September weekend of birding. Working together as a team, we’ll gather local data in a larger effort to capture information on the health of North America’s raptor populations.

You will learn all about raptor biology and hone your identification skills by assisting researchers as they count passing hawks. The field station also bands hawks in order to gather information on bird populations, movements and survival, providing participants the rare opportunity to get a close-up look at these magnificent birds.

Additionally, we’ll take some time to explore the surrounding ridge tops and learn about the ecology of this remote area. When the sun goes down, we’ll have a communal dinner and camp out under the stars.

A portion of the proceeds from this class will be donated to HawkWatch International to help support the important research going on atop Chelan Ridge. Participants provide their own camping gear. Dinner will be a potluck and the Institute will bring stoves, tables and basic group camping gear to share.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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