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'Hawks of New Jersey' Swoop into Trailside

The Trailside Nature & Science Center will host a lecture on “Hawks of New Jersey” on Sept. 20.

If you've wondered about those magnificent raptors that you sometimes see soaring along the highways, byways and trails of New Jersey, you have an opportunity to find out more soon.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are offering a lecture about “Hawks of New Jersey” for adults, 18 years and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center In Mountainside on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

“Hawks are among nature’s greatest creatures,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “This is the perfect season to learn about them, as they soar above the Watchung Reservation.”

The program offers an opportunity to meet a live raptor and learn about the lives of these fascinating birds.

Lauren Butcher, education director at the Raptor Trust in Millington, will introduce you to some of the 16 species of diurnal (daytime) birds of prey that fly through the skies of New Jersey. Find out how expert hawk watchers identify them as they make their seasonal journey along the “migration highway” overhead.

The speaker will share a few success stories in the ongoing effort to conserve these birds of prey.

The fee for the program is $8 per person for residents of Union County and $10 for out-of-county participants. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the event.     

For additional information about this event or other upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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