Bonney Butte Hawkwatch Fall 2021
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Bonney Butte Hawkwatch Fall 2021
Bonney Butte HawkWatch is located on the southeastern flanks of Mt. Hood in northcentral Oregon. HWI crews count and band migrating raptors here each fall and have done so since 1994 to monitor long-term trends in populations of raptors using this part of the Pacific Coast Flyway through the Cascade Mountains. Annual counts typically range from 2,500-4,500 migrant raptors of up to 18 species. The most commonly seen species are the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Golden Eagle, but this site is noted for relatively high numbers of Merlins (up to 100 or more per year).
Bonney Butte HawkWatch is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest. High clearance vehicles are recommended for the last 4 miles of the drive. From Portland, head east on I-84 toward Troutdale. Take exit 16 toward Wood Village and turn right onto NE 238th Drive. Continue on NE 238th Drive, which becomes SE 242nd Drive/NE Hogan Drive. After about 3 miles, turn left onto NE Burnside Road/US-26 East and continue for 40 miles. Exit onto US-35 North toward Hood River. After 4.7 miles (just after passing over White River), turn right onto paved NF-48. After 6.8 miles, turn right onto paved NF-4890. After 3.6 miles, at 4-way intersection, turn left onto 4-wheel drive NF-4891, following signs for Bonney Meadows. Keep right at the spurs to stay on NF-4891, and after 4.2 miles (just past Bonney Meadow Campground) park in umarked Bonney Butte parking area on the right side of the road. Hike 0.5 miles up the old lookout tower road (walk around the gate) to the summit. We operate daily 9am-5pm, August 27-October 31, weather permitting.
The mission of HawkWatch International is to conserve our environment through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health.
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