September 13, 2018
Visit Bonney Butte Hawk Watch
By: Mary Pellegrini
Visit Bonney Butte, now through October 31st. On Site educational interpreters will help you learn more about migration ecology, raptor identification, and the research efforts of Hawk Watch International.
Bonney Butte HawkWatch is located on the south eastern flanks of Mt. Hood. Hawk Watch International has been conducting ongoing counts here since 1994 in an effort 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). Hawk Watch International has also been banding migratory raptors at Bonney Butte since 1995.
The Bonney Butte study site is located within the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 35 miles southeast of the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. While your're up there see if you can't find GC4MND6 Bonney Butte Lookout and HawkWatch.
Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, if you’d like.
Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We partner with Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Areas allowing us to offer discount lift tickets to our guests. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.