Important Bird Areas

Second Mountain Corridor

Pennsylvania

Located atop Second Mountain in Lebanon County, this is an open area with a 180 degree view. The site overlooks State Game Lands 211 to the north and its southern view extends some 20 miles away to Stone Mountain, with Lebanon Valley and Fort Indiantown Gap in-between. This area is located on a major corrider flyway and is used by hundreds of people each year to watch the migration of birds of prey during the fall. (PGC SE Region 610-926-3136).

Directions: I-81 N from Harrisburg to Exit 29 (Fort Indiantown Gap).

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Ornithological Summary

Thousands of birds of prey pass over this hawk-watch. The first Gyrfalcon, Swainson's, and Ferruginous hawks ever recorded in Lebanon County were spotted here. Also recorded at this site was the first Prothonotary Warbler in the county. On certain wind conditions, birds from the Kittatinny Ridge may split flight lines and move into this nearby ridge.

Conservation Issues

Threats to this area include succession, extraction industries, and excessive or inappropriate forestry practices.