Somerset County Park Commission  

North Branch Park
355 Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ
908 722-1200

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Open Daylight Hours 7 Days a Week
Instruction Available September 17, 18, & 24, 2011

Somerset County Hawk Watch off Miler Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - From August through November, the Washington Valley Park Hawk Watch Area, off Vosseller Avenue at the end of Miller Lane in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, New Jersey, is host to hundreds of hawk watchers from all over the northeastern United States who gather to witness the thousands of hawks, falcons, and eagles flying overhead, sometimes just over the treetops.

Armed with binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras, the hawk watchers enjoy the passage of numerous raptors, counting and identifying these extraordinary birds as they make their journey south to far away places in Central and South America. Endangered and threatened birds like Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, and Bald Eagles are some of the most noteworthy of the birds soaring above the area.

Following a cold front, the winds shift from the northwest, setting the stage for a day of effortless flight. When the condition occurs in mid-September while the Broad-winged Hawk migration is at its peak, over 10,000 raptors can be seen in a single day.
The Somerset County Park Commission and the New Jersey Audubon Society invite the public to the Hawk Watch on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, and Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., at which time staff will be present to provide guidance to novice hawk watchers and share hawk watching tips and tricks.

Information on this and other Somerset County Park Commission events may be found on the Internet at or by calling the Somerset County Park Commission Rangers at 908 231-0802 or the Naturalists at 908 766-2489.

PRESS CONTACT: Dave Dendler 908- 231-0802 x22