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3rd Grade Hawk Watch

Third graders had a successful trip on their hawk migration hike at Crotched Mountain.  We met naturalist Susie Spikol of the Harris Center for Conservation Education.  We collected data, used scientific tools including binoculars, and discussed thermals used by the hawks to help them fly long distances with minimal energy.  Did you know that hawks can fly for many miles without flapping their wings? They are great at saving their energy! On our hawk watch we counted 47 Broad Winged Hawks, 14 Turkey Vultures and 1 Red Tailed Hawk. Other nature sightings included snakes, grasshoppers, a praying mantis and pickerel frogs!  The day did not disappoint.  We all enjoyed time together and loved the warm sunshine.