DUNCANSVILLE -The Juniata Valley Audubon Society presented the 2014 Conservation Award to Ron Singer, the founder of the Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch at the JVAS Annual Banquet in April.
Singer started watching migrating birds on Jacks Mountain in Mifflin County almost 40 years ago, before many people knew that the mountains in the ridge and valley province in Pennsylvania were critical flyways for thousands of birds.
Singer's particular interest was documenting the hawks and eagles that migrate over Jacks each year. Singer is still very active today, as he is the main facilitator and compiler of the Hawk Watch. He organizes a fall hawk watch each year, and all data is sent to the Hawk Migration Association of North America, which can be accessed at hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=104
Laura Jackson, incoming JVAS President, presents the 2014 Conservation Award to Ron Singer, founder of the Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch. Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch commemorative patches, below, are available for sale from Singer at email@example.com.
Because of his love of the mountains that surround him, Singer has helped with the Mid-State Trail maintenance, and he was instrumental in organizing a large scale clean up project along the sides of the Jacks Mountain Overlook, which removed huge amounts of trash that had been dumped there for decades.
Singer spends innumerable hours on top of Jacks Mountain, sharing his love of migrating raptors and his expert identification skills with everyone who stops during the migration season. His leadership and dedication to the Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch have also ignited a larger group of people to form a group known as Friends of Jacks Mountain. This new organization is a community action group that was organized to stop the proposed industrial wind turbine projects on Jacks and Stone mountains and is under the direction of Save Our Allegheny Ridges (www.SaveOurAlleghenyRidges.org).
The Juniata Valley Audubon Society 2014 Conservation Award honors Singer's dedication to observing and documenting raptor migration, as well as founding and maintaining the Hawk Watch at Jacks Mountain.
The Juniata Valley Audubon Society covers Bedford County, Blair County and Huntingdon counties.