Cliff Jones Field Station at the Audubon Hawk Watch

 

Cliff Jones Field Station at the Audubon Hawk Watch
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Cliff Jones Field Station at the Audubon Hawk Watch
Cliff Jones Field Station at the Audubon Hawk Watch
Project Cliff Jones Field Station at the Audubon Hawk Watch
Project Location Waggoners Gap
Type of Project

Upgrading facilities for visitors and scientific research station and building a supporting nature education program

Status

Funding committed for site plan and construction costs and for education plan

Total Project Cost

$273,500

Funds Needed

$273,500

Funds Raised

$0

Status

Funding committed for site plan and construction costs and for education plan

Project Sponsors

Audubon Pennsylvania

Final Ownership

Audubon Pennsylvania

Project Needs

Funds, in addition to the construction expense, now committed, are needed for: 1) purchasing equipment to construct new teaching and viewing facilities, improving trail safety and signage and improvements to other visitor amenities, 2) funds for an educator, and 3) funds for educational outreach including vehicle connect program to children and adults as well as scientific equipment.

Final Ownership

Audubon Pennsylvania

Project Overview

Situated within one of the most critically important flyways in eastern North America, Waggoner’s Gap provides one of the finest hawk watching opportunities anywhere. To help visitors better appreciate and enjoy this globally significant migration flyway and the wildlife which depends upon it, Pennsylvania Audubon will be making meaningful site improvements to its Waggoners Gap facilities. A viewing area for the observation of eagles, ospreys, falcons, and hawks will be upgraded and a new teaching area created, enhancing the experiences of school children, families, casual visitors and trained observers alike. Other visitor amenities will also be improved. With this site lying only 30 miles from the state capitol, Audubon will also use these facilities to convene state policymakers to address key environmental subjects.

Project Benefits

The project will increase public appreciation and understanding of raptors and other birds, thereby supporting Audubon’s larger efforts to foster citizen and government stewardship of the Kittatinny Ridge. Accessibility for all will be improved by adding a handicapped-accessible viewing station and improving on-site trails which now create a barrier to access by school children. Educational programs on-site and to neighboring schools will focus public attention on the importance of the Kittatinny Ridge landscape and the uniqueness of its wildlife.