Citizen Science

Quaker Ridge Bird Count

Join us from late August to late November to count and observe thousands of migrating raptors passing over Greenwich

The Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch, located on the grounds of the Audubon Center in Greenwich, is one of the premier hawk watches in the northeast. It is also an important Audubon Citizen Science initiative that coordinates with birders and nature enthusiasts throughout Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, and lower Westchester County in New York.

From late August to late November, hawk watchers count and observe thousands of raptors that pass over the site heading south for the winter. On a good day with northwest winds, one may see a good variety and large number of hawks such as eagles, Kestrels, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Ospreys, Broad-winged Hawks, and Peregrine Falcons among others.

Hawk Watching is how we collect data on the fall raptor migration and is one of the key reasons our Main Sanctuary has been designated an Important Bird Area (IBA). During the fall, our expert hawk watch intern is on hand Monday through Friday from approximately 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to count and identify all hawks, fill out hourly weather data, and assist visitors. On weekends, our skilled volunteers handle the duties.

  • To learn more about the Audubon Greenwich Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch, select here.
  • For information about helping out with the counting, contact Ted Gilman at 203-930-1353 or email.
  • For past and current sighting information, updated daily during the season, visit www.hawkcount.org and search for "Quaker Ridge."

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