The National Aviary hosts Eagles at the Front, a day-long bus tour to observe the annual fall migration of golden eagles.
The site is the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, located east of Pittsburgh on a hill high above the Bedford Valley (near Center City, in Bedford County). The tour is led by National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill, who will discuss the migration habits of eagles and hawks and more.
Other raptors you might see include northern harriers, red-shouldered hawks, peregrine falcons, Cooper’s Hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and merlins. The site alone is spectacular, with panoramic views for miles.
The chartered bus leaves the Aviary at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday and returns about 5:30 p.m. The tour is all-ages, and a boxed lunch, snacks and water are included in the price (but bring your own folding lawn chairs or blankets).
Tickets are $65 for adults, $55 for children 12 and under.
Some of the ticket price benefits the Aviary itself, and part of it is donated to the Allegheny Plateau Audobon Society, which maintains the Hawk Watch site. The tour's rain date is Nov. 8.
Register at 412-258-9463 or email Audrey.Beichner@aviary.org.