Founded by our friend, Steve Hoffman, the mission of HawkWatch International is to conserve our environment through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health. Since the 1980s, the organization has counted, banded, gawked at, gauged, and gathered data on millions of birds heading south for the winter. Visit one of their migration study sites in the American West:
We can spend hours digging through count data and site profiles for over 300 North American Hawkwatch sites at HMANA’s completely donor-supported data collection and archiving web site. In 2013, HawkCount.org received more than 163,000 visits from over 45,000 different users located in 91 countries around the world and its contributors operated over 250 independent observation sites across the continent.
HMANA (Hawk Migration Association of North America)
HMANA’s mission is “To advance the scientific knowledge and promote conservation of raptor populations through study, enjoyment, and appreciation of raptor migration.” The organization:
- Collects hawk count data from almost two hundred affiliated raptor monitoring sites throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico
- Publishes the semi-annual journal Hawk Migration Studies, which includes seasonal reports on the migration and more
- Provides HawkCount, a near-real-time international database of hawk counts across the continent
- Maintains BIRDHAWK, a subscription-based email list
- Is a driving force behind the Raptor Population Index (RPI), to promote scientific analysis of hawk count data
Bridger Mountains Hawkwatch
Montana’s original massive autumn Golden Eagle-heavy hawk watch site not too far from Bozeman.
Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation
Home to the closest migration sites the north of Cut Bank, since 1992, Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation (RMERF) volunteers have performed annual raptor migration counts at the same site location in the Kananaskis Country, Alberta, spring and fall; significantly providing data to the understanding of and amazement in watching Golden Eagles.
Glacier National Park
Visible from the CBHW, the Crown of the Continent is a breathtaking place – a hiker’s paradise, and home to the famous Going to the Sun Road. Bring your bear spray.
Bob Marshall Wilderness
Also visible from the CBHW, this massive wilderness area beckons. Definitely bring your bear spray.