Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape
The Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape is one of eight Conservation Landscapes, designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). As DCNR's External Lead for the project, Audubon facilitates the collaboration of local, regional, and state organizations and agencies through the Kittatinny Coalition. Partners' work has focused public attention on the importance of the 185-mile long forested Ridge through Pennsylvania and promoted conservation activities to protect it from further habitat loss, fragmentation, and inappropriate land use.
The Kittatinny Ridge, also known as Blue Mountain, winds 185 miles through eastern and central Pennsylvania, to the Maryland line. The Ridge is a Global Important Bird Area, serving as important habitat for fall migrants, supporting tens of thousands of raptors and vultures and millions of songbirds annually. The many rock outcroppings along the Ridge also make it an excellent place to watch migrating hawks, eagles and vultures at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Waggoner’s Gap, and numerous other locations.
The Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape includes 160 miles of the Appalachian Trail. It serves as a vital link in the Appalachian Forest that stretches the length of the East, providing critical, high quality interior-forest habitat for dozens of species of songbirds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Headwaters supply water for millions of residents, recreationists, and businesses throughout the region.
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A Bird Migration Corridor like No Other, the Kittatinny Ridge Depends on a Healthy Forest
Audubon leads landscape-scale conservation with sustainable forestry for birds and communities of Pennsylvania.
Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch
Few wildlife experiences compare with watching a Golden Eagle cruising over a landscape painted in autumn’s brilliant colors - and there’s no better place to see this than the wind-swept rock outcrop at Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch.
History of Pennsylvania Hawk Watching
Today, hawk watching takes place at several locations along the Kittatinny Ridge, which and has become an autumn destination for raptor enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the history of hawk watching in Pennsylvania.
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