GCBO’s Smith Point Hawk Watch is celebrating its 25th year of raptor monitoring this fall. The hawk watch, located in Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area, is situated on a natural concentration point for southwardly moving raptors in fall migration. In 1997, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in partnership with Hawk Watch International and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department started a full-time, 3 month annual census of the raptors migrating through. Now run by GCBO, the Hawk Watch is held daily at the Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area at the 30 foot observation tower. From August 15 through November 30, the hawk watch is staffed daily from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
On October 2 from 10:00am -1:00pm, we will be hosting our special 25th year anniversary celebration at the hawk watch. There will be food, drinks, a raptor presentation, and hopefully some live raptors on display. And, as always plenty of raptors soaring through the sky! Our staff and volunteers will be manning the tower, monitoring the birds and pointing them out to guests. Visitors will be able to look through scopes and binoculars and see the migration up close. Come celebrate 25 years of research and conservation with us this fall!