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Re: Mahogany Rock Hawkwatch
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- Subject: Re: Mahogany Rock Hawkwatch
- From: Harry Legrand <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 09:53:12 -0400
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Regarding hawk-watching in n.w. North Carolina, some of you may know
that the State of North Carolina has recently purchased over 200 acres
at Bullhead Mountain, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mahogany
Rock. It is a State Natural Area, being administered out of Stone
Mountain State Park. A local bird club/society may eventually be
involved with some management activities.
However -- the site is not officially open. The State does not own the
road that leads to the mountain; the road is private. Thus, there are
some legal matters to be resolved before the public can visit the
mountain. We hope that the mountain will be a premier place for
hawk-watching in NC. There are no facilities, such as a platform,
parking area, etc., either.
I heard that a local Triangle group was planning a visit this fall to
Bullhead Mountain. I'm not sure that such a visit will be able to take
place, because of legal access to the property.
Be patient. Bullhead Mountain presumably will not be available for
hawk-watching this fall, so visit the Mahogany Rock overlook for
hawk-watching. If I find out more about access to Bullhead, I'll let
folks know. State Parks is trying to acquire more land at Bullhead, as
well as trying to work out legal access to the property.
Carolina Bird Club and the conservation community owes considerable
gratitute to CBC members James Coman III and Jim Keighton for getting
Bullhead Mountain into protected status. Hopefully, the State will own
more acres and a prime hawk-watching station can be established there in
year or two.
"Harrold, Eric S" wrote:
> The hawk migration season is upon us once again, and as usual, we are
> encouraging everyone to come up and assist with the census effort. We
> especially are in need of help during the weekdays and if anyone's schedule
> would permit them to commit to one or more days during the week, this would
> be great. Otherwise, any amount of time volunteered would be appreciated.
> For those unfamiliar with the Mahogany Rock Hawkwatch site, it is an annual
> effort to census migrating raptors along the Blue Ridge Parkway that begins
> on September 1st and continues through December. Mahogany Rock is an
> official HMANA (Hawk Migration Association of North America) site. The
> latter half of September brings the bulk of the Broadwings. Accipiters and
> falcons begin moving through in earnest about the middle of September and
> are seen through mid October. The buteos start showing up in October and
> continue moving through up until the end of the season.
> If anyone is interested in participating weekly and would like more
> information, either show up at Mahogany Rock Overlook (milepost 235 on the
> Blue Ridge Parkway) or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll
> be glad to try to answer any questions you have. Jim Keighton is the
> coordinator of the Hawkwatch and he will gladly entertain folks who would be
> willing to be regular participants.
> As indicated earlier, Mahogany Rock Overlook is on the Blue Ridge Parkway
> near Roaring Gap, NC in the northwest corner of the state. Folks coming from
> the Charlotte area or through Winston-Salem will need to get on I-77 North
> and exit onto the Hwy 21 to Sparta bypass at Elkin. Continue on Hwy 21 north
> to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Go south on the Parkway 5 miles to Mahogany Rock
> Overlook on the right. Jim Keighton usually arrives by 10:00 AM (gray van)
> and has an educational display for visitors.
> We look forward to seeing you at the 'watch.
> Eric Harrold
> Charlotte, NC
NC Natural Heritage Program
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615
(919) 715-8687 (work)