Take Part this Spring! Any time March 1-May 31, 2016
Be part of a continental effort to support raptor conservation, monitoring programs and your local watch site
Simply choose one day (or a 24-hour period) to count between March 1-May 31, 2016 (We recommend mid April!) then register with HMANA, find sponsors to pledge support for your Raptorthon, go out and find as many species as possible, collect your pledges and report your results. HMANA will allocate your proceeds according to your wishes (up to 50% to your favorite hawk watch) and publish results in the Hawk Migration Studies journal.
You can base your Raptorthon on a Winter Raptor Survey, A Big Sit (from a hawkwatch or favorite location) or a mobile Birdathon, in which you visit many sites. Feel free to combine your count with another activity, such as an educational or public event at your hawk watch. You can take part as an individual or form a team. Customize your Raptorthon in whatever way suits you best! Raptorthon is an educational and outreach project and a great way to introduce your friends to raptors.
Individuals or groups participating in Raptorthon on behalf of a Hawk Watch Site, and contributing net proceeds of at least $75 to HMANA and/or the Hawk Watch Fund will be eligible to sponsor their site’s pages on HawkCount, as a Raptorthon team. See www.hawkcount.org for more information. (And, of course, you and/or your hawkwatch organization are welcome to sponsor your site’s pages on HawkCount, regardless of whether or not you take part in Raptorthon).
2016 Featured Raptorthoner – Jerry Liguori
Jerry Liguori is the author of three books and numerous articles on raptors and raptor identification. He writes blog posts, online material, and leads field trips as an Educator for HawkWatch International.
He’ll be doing his Raptorthon on April 16th at Grandeur Peak, Utah on his own but will solicit people to join him from the Salt Lake area. Grandeur Peak is a new Hawk Watch International site with volunteer weekend coverage in the fall, one they hope to run full time in the future. It is located on the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains along the east side of Salt Lake City.
He expects to see Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, Broad-winged Hawks (maybe a dark morph!), Swainson’s Hawks, American Kestrels, Merlins, Prairie Falcons, and Peregrine Falcons.
You can show your support for Jerry’s Raptorthon by making a pledge! 50% of pledges go toward supporting essential HMANA programs like HawkCount.org and Hawk Watch Fund grants. The other 50% will go directly to HawkWatch International programs. Help us keep our raptor monitoring network strong!
2016 Raptorthon Prizes!
First prize: A beautiful framed & signed Northern Harrier photo print from Jerry Liguori
Second prize: A signed copy of “Hawks at a Distance” by Jerry Liguori
Third prize: HMANA Raptor Silhouette T-Shirt and HMANA Cap
All participants will be eligible to enter a draw for one or more prizes…… To be eligible for the draw: (1) Officially register to take part in Raptorthon and (2) raise at least $25 and send the money you raised to HMANA by July 1, 2016.
Each participant who raises at least $25 will be entered for one chance in the draw. Participants who raise at least $100 will receive an additional chance for each $100 raised. (e.g. If you raised $100, you will get 2 chances; if you raised $500 you will get 6 chances.) Only one prize will be awarded per participant.
HMANA Board and Staff Members WILL BE eligible to be entered in the draw The draw will be held in July. One or more independent witnesses will supervise the draw to ensure that it is carried out fairly. And once again, all registered participants will receive a free Raptorthon T-shirt when they register.
What is a Raptorthon? Like Birdathon, Raptorthon is a sponsored Bird Count, but is focused on Raptors. It’s a fun event organized by The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) in which you ask sponsors for a pledge to sponsor you for a day searching for as many raptors species (and optionally other species) as possible.
What happens to the money I raise during the Raptorthon? All money raised will support raptor monitoring but you decide how it’s distributed. You have the choice to donate 50% of the money you raise to a hawkwatch organization and 50% to HMANA to support its HawkCount database, Raptor Population Index project, and raptor conservation efforts. Or you can choose to donate 25% to another conservation organization of your choice and 75% to HMANA, or you can donate 100% to HMANA. HMANA’s proceeds above the standard 50% will be allocated to our new HawkWatchFund to support hawk watching throughout North and Central America.
Do I need to be an experienced hawkwatcher to take part in HMANA’s Raptorthon? What if I don’t know my raptor species that well? You don’t need to be an experienced hawkwatcher. The purpose of the Raptorthon is to get out and have fun for the day searching for raptors and other birds and raise money for raptors. To benefit from others’ experience, form your own team or contact your local hawkwatching site for information about joining a team. Or go it alone and do your best.
Do I have to count only hawks during my Raptorthon? No, this is totally up to you! You decide. You may choose to count the number of raptor species you see or hear in one day (including owls and shrikes) or you may choose to count all bird species you see in one day.
Do I have to count raptors for a full day? What are the dates of the event? This year’s spring Raptorthon is for a 24 hour period. You decide which day between March 1-May 31 that you would like to do your Raptorthon. Look for raptors and other birds for any number of hours up to 24! You decide the time and date for your Raptorthon. Just remember to fill in the date on your registration form.
Do I have to do the Raptorthon at a known hawkwatch site? No! You can be anywhere at all when you do your Raptorthon. Count from your backyard or tour the local hawkwatches and birding hotspots.
How do I register to take part in the Raptorthon? You can register online or print the Registration Form at www.hmana.org/raptorthon/. Fill this form out and email or mail to Julie Brown, 151 Antrim Rd, Hancock, NH 03449. Don’t forget to sign up for a free Raptorthon T-shirt for you and your team members on your registration form!
What other forms do I need? In addition to the Registration Form, you’ll need the Pledge Coupon to solicit pledges. You will send this form to your potential sponsors for their pledges. How to Find Sponsors contains helpful tips in reaching out to sponsors. Next you will need the Sponsor List to track donations from your sponsors which will later be mailed to HMANA with checks. All forms are available at www.hmana.org/raptorthon/.