West County Hawk Watch


Dilute Bald Eagle

West County HawkWatch Citizen Scientist Group 

West County Hawkwatch (WCHW) is a regional group of interpretive specialist's and photographers focused on raptor identification and birds of prey natural history. Passionate about nature, hawks, conservation and wildlife, most members have been studying and working with nature their whole life, specializing in raptors for two decades.


Our goal is to get people out into the field and see these magnificent Birds of Prey going about their daily business. With a informative and engaging atmosphere we can share the excitement Raptors bring and understand some of their intriguing behaviors. We can learn how to identify them through some basic identification traits as well as some more advanced observations. Understanding what types of habitat they need to succeed and thrive, thus a better understanding of land use, protection and potential hazards. Birds of Prey act as an Environmental Barometer, when something is wrong with them, something is wrong with the environment, and we need to take action. Come out and learn with us, we have fun, see lots of wildlife on our tours, hikes and walks. We also offer several classroom workshops every year to help learn identification and natural history. 


Schedule of Events

Sept 26th

Jenner Headlands
Preserve Tour

Jenner Headlands Sevres

Raptor Migration Tour

Oct 24th

Estero Americano Coast Preserve Hike

Birds of Prey Hike - 

Late migration and Over-wintering

Nov 21st

Lynch Canyon
Open Space Hike

Raptor Identification hike

and educational tour

Sept 27th

Lynch Canyon
Open Space Hike

Raptor Migration

and Identification hike

Nov 1st

Lynch Canyon
Open Space Hike

Over-wintering Raptor Education 

and Identification hike


Jenner Headlands Annual Migration Hawkwatch

Annual hawk migration on a stand and count site, 3 to 4 days a week Sept through Nov

Oct 18th

Lynch Canyon
Open Space Hike

Migration & Over-wintering Raptor

Education and Identification hike

Nov 7th

Jenner Headlands
Preserve Tour

Birds of Prey Hike


West County HawkWatch 
Facebook page 2020

More activity and information

on a daily basis


Photo Gallery

Raptors seen on past hikes, events, and counts.

To view more photos from our events, click the links below.


Donations Help Us Soar

Funds help with:

#1 our Books for Kids program,

#2 Optics for guests (loaner Binoculars & Scope)

#3 docent training materials (optics, books & files)

and #4 maintenance /cost of webpages and media public outreach programs.


We thank you very much for considering to help, we lost 5 pairs of binoculars, 100 books and decades of materials in the recent Tubbs Fire.

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