Below is the year end letter to our supporters from HMANA Chair, Carolyn Hoffman:
Greetings from the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA). We send our sincere best wishes for a wondrous, joyful holiday season to all our kind friends and committed supporters.
It’s December and most of the 250+ hawk migration counts conducted by our dedicated volunteer citizen scientists across the continent have now finished for the year. While this signals the end to another fall raptor migration season, the HMANA board continues to look towards HMANA’s future and our unique mission to monitor the health and trends of our migratory raptor populations across North and Central America!
Your generous contributions received at year-end are critical for HMANA’s ongoing work and future success. THANKS to our loyal supporters, 2016 has been a remarkably successful year for HMANA. A few of our accomplishments over the past year include:
- An updated, soon-to-be-released Raptor Population Index (RPI) Trend Analysis, utilizing data from 69 migration monitoring sites through 2014 (rpi-project.org).
- Continued acquisition of the necessary funding for hiring a new executive director. In fact, the Board Search Committee is interviewing several well-qualified candidates right now!
- The most successful year to-date for HMANA’s very popular raptor tour program! We conducted an outstanding tour to Veracruz, Mexico in early October, and our first-ever HMANA Meet-and-Greet Weekend Tour in Cape May this fall. Upcoming tours are planned for southern California and Panama in 2017.
- The highest-ever HawkCount.org site sponsorships in terms of both revenue and the total number of supporters – THANK YOU!
- Super-successful annual HMANA Raptorthon and International Hawk Migration Week events.
- HMANA’s annual Hawk Watch Fund and Research Award grants awarded for two outstanding projects.
With your support, HMANA’s future is full of amazing possibilities to grow our membership, and strengthen our expanding network of hawk watch sites, volunteer hawk watchers, and our tremendous database of continent-wide migration count data that makes HMANA so unique!
Additional goals for 2017 include hiring a full-time executive director and supporting her/his move into our new home in the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. We are continuing to encourage and improve raptor migration counting efforts and communication among citizen volunteers who operate HMANA’s vast array of monitoring sites. As always, we welcome your suggestions and participation as we chart HMANA’s next chapter!
This year’s annual request for support highlights the continuation of the Counting for Raptor Conservation Campaign to fund the new executive director position. Each year you have been increasingly generous and I am truly heartened to report to you this remarkable success. We express our gratitude to each of you, our most generous and committed donors. THANK YOU!!!!
Please renew your generosity with a year-end gift. Consider supporting any of the following HMANA programs:
1) Counting For Raptor Conservation Campaign
2) Our unique and impactful Raptor Population Index Project to assess the health and trends of raptor populations across the continent
3) Sponsor your favorite hawk watch site’s page on HawkCount.org
4) HMANA’s General Fund
Membership dues barely covers the cost of producing and mailing Hawk Migration Studies. We depend on you to financially support these other programs so we can most effectively advance HMANA’s mission and expand our work in 2017.
Each and every gift HMANA receives will make a profound difference in our work, and promises a bright future for our beloved raptors! Your gift is tax deductible. Please consider a donation TODAY!