It's raptor season; watch the hawks

Lisa Lightner

Fall is raptor season and itís a great time to go to local spots and spot the birds of prey. Conowingo Dam area and Susquehannock State Park are two great spots Iíve mentioned before. The Delaware Nature Society has great IDíing resources on their website as well as some organized watches. They also list the most popular migration times or when you are most likely to see these fantastic birds. Many of them peak in late October or early November so there isnít much time left. Take advantage of this great weather weíre having and head out there. Wild Birds Unlimited in Hockessin is also a great resource if you wish to purchase books. I know e-books are the latest thing but I still prefer to hold a paper book in my hands or at the very least flip through the pages before purchasing it.

Here are some other local events you may be interested in.

Anson B Nixon Park

KEFís 5th Annual Monster Mash Dash 5K Run/Walk and Spooky Sprint, Sunday, Oct. 27, races begin at 9 a.m. Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the Spooky Sprinters taking off at 9 a.m., followed by the Monster Mash Dash 5k at 9:30 a.m. with the walkers starting immediately after runners. The Spooky Sprint, a 1K for kids 10 and under, is a ďgoody bag gallopĒ where each kid gets a bag and picks up little (non-food) treats at a couple of points along the way. T-shirts will be handed out to the first 300 participants and the coveted Participation Award will be awarded to the school with the highest participation rate. This event is rain or shine. Visit the Active website for more information and to register.

Open Hive Day

Saturdays in Oct. from 9:30 to 11a.m. (Dates continue once per month until October 2013). Location: New Leaf EcoCenter (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348).

Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for the final look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees for the year. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. The month of October will focus on closing down of the hive for winter. Protective veils will be available. If you have your own gear, please bring it along! Free TLC members; $5 non-members. Visit www.tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104 to register or for more info!

Living History Hike

Sunday Oct. 27, 2013 from 2 to 4p.m. Location: Please park at the Chandler Mill Road side of the bridge (not along Bucktoe Road). The bridge is closed to through traffic so be sure to access via Chandler Mill Road.

Architectural Historian, Jane Dorchester, and TLCís Executive Director, Gwen Lacy, will be leading a natural history hike from the Chandler Mill Bridge to the Bucktoe Cemetery and back. Traverse the sites surrounding both locations to experience the deep-rooted local history of Chester County. Cost: $5 TLC members/ $10 non-members. Visit www.tlcforscc.org or call 610-347-0347 ext 104.

As always, contact me at LisaLightner at yahoo.com.

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.