Northern Goshawk is a rare, difficult to study forest raptor that seems to be declining in population and breeding range. It is one of the rarest nesting raptors in the state and a notably elusive and secretive species. It is a flagship species of the big woods and the wildest parts of the state, sometimes called the “ultimate forest raptor” due to its size, wildness, and fierceness. It currently is considered “Near Threatened” in Pennsylvania.
Reports of Goshawk sightings in the state are being sought on behalf of the Pennsylvania Goshawk Project, which is run by a subcommittee of the Ornithological Technical Committee (OTC) of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey (PABS). The PA Game Commission (PGC) is cooperating with this project and protecting goshawk nests on its properties.
Any assistance with finding goshawk territories and nests helps with our research and conservation efforts to protect this magnificent raptor.
Goshawk reports can be e-mailed to email@example.com. Any goshawk observations during the breeding season, from late March to June, on game lands should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports to either the Pennsylvania Goshawk Project or the Game Commission will be treated as confidential.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Goshawk Project, visit www.pabiologicalsurvey.org/goshawk. There you can find images and audio to aid identification as well as forms, instructions, and contact information.
See also an extensive news story on PA eBird: Northern Goshawk: Reports Needed for “the Ultimate Forest Raptor”
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Volunteers Needed: Free breakfast included!
On Saturday, April 15th, volunteers are needed to help pick up litter along a two mile stretch of Rt. 191 just north of Lake Ariel. It will start at 9am and ends around 10:30am, followed by a breakfast served at the Lake Ariel home of Audubon board members.
PennDOT provides the Audubon team with gloves, safety vests, and trash bags. To volunteer, contact Audubon by e-mail at email@example.com or call 570-253-9250 by April 6th.
“The more volunteers we get, the sooner we can finish the job,” says coordinator, Katharine Dodge, “and the sooner we can enjoy the breakfast!” Dodge recently took over the coordinator job from former board member Marge Brion who oversaw the program for many years.
Join Audubon naturalist Kathy Dodge, along with Lindsay George and their beaver puppet helpers, in a free family wetlands program at the Wayne County Library on April 1st and the Hawley Public Library on April 6th.
The program at the Wayne County Library at 1406 Main Street in Honesdale, PA on April 1st is from 1 – 2:30 PM. For more information and registration, please contact the Library at: 570-253-1220.
The program at the Hawley Public Library at 103 Main Avenue in Hawley, PA on April 6th is from 4 – 5:30 PM. For more information and registration, please contact the Library at: 570-226 – 4620.
Everyone can make an edible beaver lodge to take home!