Militia Hill Hawk Watch ...


Forms & Information
for Compilers

Each fall migrating raptors by the thousands begin their journey southward. For the last 24 years, a hawk watch has been held at Militia Hill in Fort Washington State Park to record their passage. Stop by and enjoy the fun.

Fort Washington State Park is located just north of Philadelphia on PA Route 73, 1 3/8 miles north of PA Route 309.

For Map and directions :
Map of Fort Washington State Park, PA 19034, US

Checklist for the Birds of Fort Washington Stae Park

Checklist for the Butterflies of Fort Washington Stae Park

Dragonfly Field Guide available for download from HMANA. Check it out.

Another great season comes to a close...

We have come to the end of yet another great season on the hill. The annual Militia Hill Hawk Watch runs from September 1st through October 31st and this year marked our 27th year of counting migrating raptors. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us and a special thanks to all the amazing compilers and volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible.

While the official count is over for this year, there are still birds flying so come on by. You'll probably find someone still on the platform eagerly scanning the skies and looking forward to our 28th year in 2015.

To check out the daily counts at Militia Hill and other sites around the country visit HAWKCOUNT
September 2014 Daily Totals
October 2014 Daily Totals
Our totals for 2014
Cumulative totals 1988-2014


Fun Day on the Hawk Watch - September 2014

Celebrating Halloween 2014 style.


9/4/13... Giant Swallowtail - a rare visitor this far north
photo by Jamie Stewart

Hawks over the hill in 2012 - photos by Jamie Stewart


10/11/12....Juvenile Golden Eagle

Nice group celebrating an early (pre-Hurricane Sandy) Halloween Party

.... and cake, too.

Hawks over the hill in 2011 - photos by Jamie Stewart

All data collected at this hawk watch and others is being sent to the Hawk Migration Association of North America to be included in their database of raptor migration information.

1988-2013 Cumulative Flight Totals
The 2013 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Rich Conroy
The 2012 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Rich Conroy
The 2011 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Rich Conroy
The 2010 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Rich Conroy
The 2009 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Rich Conroy
The 2008 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Rich Conroy
The 2007 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Marylea Klauder & Jane Henderson
The 2006 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson & Marylea Klauder
The 2005 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson & Marylea Klauder
The 2004 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson
The 2003 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson
The 2002 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson
The 2001 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson
The 2000 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson
The 1999 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson
The 1998 Militia Hill Hawk Watch Report : by Jane Henderson
Ten Years: 100,000 Raptors : a recollection by Marylea Klauder

"The Star of the Hill - 2009 "
A Swallow-tailed Kite visits the hawk watch

c.2009 Devich Farbotnik

Perched Red-tailed Hawk - 2010

Marylea Klauder Honored

Hawk Watcher founder and guiding light, Marylea Klauder was honored at a special ceremony held at Fort Washington State Park on July 2, 2007.

For 28 years of volunteer work at the Park and for her tireless work on the Militia Hill Hawk Watch, Marylea was named the 2006 Conservation Volunteer of the Year by the PA Bureau of State Parks.

Marylea established the hawk watch in 1988. After 20 years, she is now training the next generation to take over but it is unlikely anyone will ever fill the enormous shoes she leaves behind. Fortunately, Marylea has no plans to leave and will remain a strong conservation voice at the Park for many years to come.

Congratulations Marylea.

Excitement on the hill.... Visit the new hawk watch platform .

DEDICATION OF NEW PLATFORM

Marylea Klauder cuts the ribbon at the dedication of the new hawk watch platform. With her (from left to right) Pa. DCNR Secretary Mike DiBerardinis, Ft. Washington State Park Superintendent Josh Bruce, Friends of Fort Washington State Park President Dick Flavell and State Park Staff Larry Gallagher. Photo by Cliff Hence

Check out the September 2002 issue of
Audubon Magazine
for a very nice article about the Militia Hill Hawk Watch.....
or read it here

Special August 2004 Visitor

a Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar was observed in the park in August. The caterpillar, measuring 6" in length, will eventually mature into a Regal (or Royal) Walnut Moth with a wingspan of 5 1/2"

More Reasons to Visit

School Groups find a visit to Militia Hill an excellent way to learn about and observe the natural world. We get many such visits throughout the season. If you are a teacher or parent consider visiting. Contact us and we will arrange someone to meet you to answer any questions you may have.

Visitors have discovered that Militia Hill and the surrounding park offer an excellent opportunity to observe butterflies as well as birds. We have even planted a beautiful butterfly garden at the base of the observation deck to make butterfly watching even easier.

In 2000, we were rewarded for our efforts by the first recorded appearance of several Pipevine Swallowtails, a species more likely to be found south of here. Excellent views were to be had right from the deck.