ALPINE, N.J. -- State Line Lookout in Alpine, in Palisades Interstate Park, will host a special nature event called “Hawks Over the Hudson," on Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon - 4 p.m., rain or shine.
The program will feature live birds of prey presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center at 1 and 2:30 p.m.
Between the programs, visitors will have a opportunity to see the animals up close, chat with the presenters and enjoy activities and exhibits presented by some of the member organizations of the Nature Program Cooperative, an affiliation of local nature centers and environmental groups that is sponsoring the event.
No advance registration is required to attend.
Lookout Inn, a refreshment stand at the site with a lunch and snack menu, as well as gifts and books, will be open during the event.
In case it rains, the presentation will be held under a tent, but if weather permits, visitors will also be able to stop by an ongoing “hawk watch” only a few yards beyond the parking area — and more than 500 feet above the Hudson River.
There they can try their luck at spotting wild “raptors”—hawks, eagles, and falcons — as they migrate south.
All through September and October and into early November, the State Line hawk watch also welcomes visitors who want to learn more about these magnificent animals.
State Line Lookout, at the highest point on the Hudson in New Jersey, is accessible from its own exit on the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway about two miles north of Exit 2 (a well-marked U-turn is available for southbound travelers).