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Conservation IssuesHawk Watching in New Jeresey
Lou Beck

Try to include a trip to Cape May Point to visit an important observation area for migrants, especially Hawks and Eagles. Cape May Bird Observatory has a representative on the observation platform near the lighthouse during the fall and plenty of birders who can answer questions and help you identify the birds going by. Cape May Point is also a bird banding station and banders normally give a demo on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Call Cape May Bird Observatory (609-884-2736) for time-they show you birds they have recently banded and tell you about the birds-a great experience to see these wild birds so close.


Another closer area for hawk watching is Chimney Rock, a Somerset County Park. Chimney Rock is most easily accessible from Interstate 287. From the north or south, take 287 to exit 10 (Route 22 east). Follow Route 22 east for approximately one mile and exit at Vosseller Avenue. At the end of the exit ramp, make a left, and cross Route 22. Proceed up the big hill until you reach the peak in the road. Once you have reached this point, immediately start looking for Miller Lane on your left. (If you have started descending the hill, turn around and go back. You've gone too far.) Turn down Miller Lane (mostly a gravel road) and proceed down to parking area near lookout. It's a short walk to lookout. They normally have experienced hawk watchers at the lookout who can help you identify the hawks.

Sunrise Mountain, Stokes State Forest, is a location for watching hawks migrate along the ridges in the northern part of the state. Take 1-287 to 1-80 to Rt. 15 to Rt. 206 or take Rt. 206 all the way. On Rt. 206, after you pass Culver's Lake, look for Culver's Lake Lower North Shore Rd. Take the next right turn. Route 636, Upper North Shore Road. Go 0.2 miles, and then take next left turn, Sunrise Mountain Road. Drive about 4 miles until you see the sign for Sunrise Mountain, turn right and go to the top. From the parking lot, take the trail up to the summit pavilion.

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