November is an ideal time to view nature’s autumn splendor as leaves become crimson, grasses turn gold, birds begin to migrate, and the fall light fades to dusk earlier each day.
Many species of birds migrate south for winter including hawks. One of the top five locations in the world to watch the hawk migration is right here in Iowa. The hawkwatch tower at Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek offers trained personnel an exceptional vantage point to conduct an annual count of hawks, bald eagles, and other raptors as they fly south.
The Loess Hills form a unique landscape in Iowa comprised of windblown silt east of the Missouri River from north of Sioux City to the Missouri state border in the south. The hills help create a natural updraft of winds ideal for bird migrations. Visitors traveling on the Loess Hills Scenic Byway are often struck by the unusual height and autumn color the bluffs present this time of year. This has been true for centuries as travelers following the Lewis and Clark, Oregon, Mormon, and California trails witnessed for themselves.
Here’s your chance to see it too. Attend Hawkwatch on November 19th at Hitchcock Nature Center, 1-3 pm. Admission is free but reservations are requested. To do so, call 712-545-3283. For more information about the Loess Hills, simply go to www.VisitLoessHills.org.