Whitemarsh Township near Fort Washington in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Militia Hill Hawk Watch
A corps of dedicated volunteers counts and monitors migrating raptors each fall, providing valuable information about bird population health and migratory dynamics. The Militia Hill Hawk Watch began in 1988 with a small group of volunteers, a stack of compilers’ sheets and a card table. Today, Militia Hill is a recognized observation facility with two observation decks, a butterfly garden, bird feeders and a library of information about birds, insects, amphibians and plants. Volunteers submit daily records of raptor migration to the Hawk Migration Association of North America.
Lending a Helping Hand
The Friends of Fort Washington State Park hold a park cleanup day each April, plus several workdays throughout the year. Members maintain gardens, clear trails and plant trees. To volunteer, call or visit the park office.
Be a Raptor Ranger
The American kestrel is a small falcon about the size of a blue jay. Instead of building a nest, it uses a hole (nest cavity) found in a dead tree. Because land owners often remove dead trees, the birds don’t have as many
(left) Bald Eagle; The Militia Hill Hawk Watch at Fort Washington is staffed 9 am-5 pm, 7 days a week throughout September and October.
(center top) The Friends of Fort Washington State Park building picnic tables.
(center bottom) The Friends of Fort Washington State Park cleaning up leaves and planting trees and shrubs.
(upper right) American Kestrel
Erected by iConservePA, DCNR, Hawk Mountain.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1988.
Location. 40° 7.233′ N, 75° 13.362′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. It is in Whitemarsh Township. Marker can be reached from State Park Road, 0.3 miles south of Militia Hill Road, on the left when traveling south. Located at the Militia Hill Hawk Observation Tower in Fort Washington State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 Militia Hill Road, Fort Washington PA 19034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Is That an Eagle? (here, next to this marker); Birds of a Feather (a On the Wing (a few steps from this marker); Hope Lodge (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Hope Lodge (approx. half a mile away); Fort Washington (approx. 0.8 miles away); Whitemarsh (approx. 1.6 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Washington.
Also see . . .
1. Militia Hill Hawk Watch. (Submitted on September 16, 2014.)
2. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. (Submitted on September 16, 2014.)
3. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Submitted on September 16, 2014.)
4. iconserve Pennsylvania. (Submitted on September 16, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.