Gloucester County Nature Club December program to explore Hawk Mountain

The December program will be “Once Upon a Mountain: A Story of Hawk Mountain and the Man Who Was ‘Born with a Bird in His Heart,’” on Dec. 12 at the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church

The Gloucester County Nature Club will meet Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church at the corner of Woodbury-Glassboro Road and Mantua Avenue, Wenonah.

The December program will be “Once Upon a Mountain: A Story of Hawk Mountain and the Man Who Was ‘Born with a Bird in His Heart.’”

In the early decades of the 20th century, birds of prey were shot by the thousands as they migrated south along the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Perhaps no place was better known for this autumnal slaughter than a spectacular crag on Blue Mountain, less than two hours from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

In 1934, a small group of environmental activists sought to end this “sport” of hawk-shooting at Hawk Mountain. Much like other small groups of activists then and now, they could not have imagined the far-reaching impact their actions would take.

Join in as we explore the origins and legacy of Hawk Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and a man who was “born with a bird in his heart.”

This program will be presented by Jeff and Erik Mollenhauer. Jeff is an ornithologist. Erik and his wife Kris have spent more than 60 years exploring the wonder of Hawk Mountain. 

Meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month, September through June, and are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.gcnatureclub.org.

Up to date field trip information can be found on the Meetup website: www.meetup.com/Gloucester-County-Nature-Club.