HMANA Board Vice-Chair and Acting Chair
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Rich Conroy is originally from North Jersey and a proud graduate of Cook College-Rutgers University. Birdwatching has been a lifelong hobby, which started as a family activity when he was in grade school. His earliest memories of hawkwatching were trips to the Montclair Hawkwatch, where even as a skeptical youngster he wanted to know how to ID hawks at a distance. Upon moving to the Philadelphia area in 1998 he passed by the Militia Hill Hawkwatch while on a bike ride, and has been going there ever since. He started as a compiler and then as the co-coordinator after the retirement of their site founder. During this period he discovered HMANA and, realizing what a unique network of sites exist, he joined the board of directors. Continuing to learn about hawk migration has been an amazing journey that he looks forward to continuing. Along the way he met his wife Marlene at Militia Hill—so things just keep getting better and better! When he’s not at Militia Hill or chairing the HMANA board, Rich and his wife run a Wild Birds Unlimited retail store in Dresher, PA, which keeps them busy between migration seasons.
HMANA Board Secretary
Location: Mayville, NY
Gil Randell has been active with HMANA since 2003, serving as co-chair of the education and conservation committee, as the board’s vice-chair, chair, and currently secretary. He started birding in 1954 and visited Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for his first serious taste of raptor migration in the mid-1950s; he wrote his high school senior research paper in 1958 on model raptor conservation laws. Western New York State’s Ripley Hawk Watch (RHW) has been his local spring hawkwatch since the early 1980s; he assumed co-coordinator duties at the RHW in 2003 and continues as coordinator and official counter with his wife, Jann, and is enjoying an exploratory fall hawkwatch on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. He has a BA in English literature from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo. He taught English literature at SUNY and at the University of British Columbia before beginning a 26-year career in Chautauqua County government, retiring in 2002 as the county’s director of planning and development. Jann and Gil live outside Mayville, New York.
HMANA Board Treasurer
Location: Shelby Township, MI
Location: Farmington Hills, MI
Jane Ferreyra joined HMANA as their first executive director in July 2017. Prior to changing professional gears to focus on raptor migration, Jane served as the director of Wayne State University Press, a scholarly and general-interest publisher. Jane’s interest in raptors began with a fascination with local turkey vultures, her “gateway” raptor, which led to a more extensive interest in the outdoors and environmentalism. Jane is a native Detroiter and is thrilled that HMANA’s first-ever headquarters will be located just south of the city at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge visitor center. She received her B.A. in English from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her M.A. in English from Wayne State University. She serves on the board of the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the steering committee for Wayne State’s Next Generation PhD in the Humanities planning grant. She lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with her husband Cristian and a brood of cats and dogs, all of whom enjoy watching the resident Cooper’s Hawks in the yard.
Monitoring Site Coordinator
Location: Hancock, NH
Julie Brown has been with HMANA since 2009 as the Monitoring Site Coordinator. She studied Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine and received her master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch Graduate School in NH. Before work with HMANA, Julie spent many years migrating around the country, working as a field biologist mainly focused on behavioral studies and contamination research with raptors. She’s worked primarily with raptors but other bird species and mammals as well. Julie’s first hawkwatching job was counting hawks along the Mississippi River at the Eagle Valley Nature Preserve in WI in 2000 and she instantly fell in love with migration. Since then, her passion for raptor migration has led her to work at the hawk watch in Cape May, NJ, various New England sites for consulting companies, Kekoldi, Costa Rica and her now local site, Pack Monadnock, NH. Julie lives in Hancock, NH with her husband Phil (whom she met hawkwatching) and her two bird-loving children, a flock of chickens, and lots of fruit trees. She enjoys all thing outdoors and spending time with her kids in nature. She is also a storyteller, synchronized swimmer, and obsessive knitter.
Location: Monroe, MI
Kevin Arnold is the Southern District Interpretive Supervisor with the Huron-Clinton Metroparks and is a Certified Interpretive Trainer and Certified Interpretive Guide. His proximity to HMANA’s anticipated new offices and his 22 years of experience in education bring important opportunities to HMANA’s new education initiatives, especially those aimed at young people. For the past seven years, Kevin has worked at Lake Erie Metropark, home of the Detroit River Hawk Watch and the not-to-be-missed Hawkfest. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, Kevin can be found playing music or running his daughters to theater, piano and voice lessons, or to cross-country practice. Kevin is excited to serve on the HMANA Board.
Location: Grosse Ile, MI
Rosemary Brady is a native of the Finger Lakes region of central New York State. She holds degrees in Chemistry from Wells College, Aurora NY, and Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. In the late 1970s, she moved to the Detroit area with her late partner James Lichorat where both were employed in the chemical industry. Though she had long been a casual birder, she and Jim only discovered the spectacle of raptor migration along the Detroit River in the early 1990s at a Lake Erie MetroPark Hawk Fest. They were instantly hooked and became active with SE MI Raptor Research where Jim was instrumental in securing the first corporate sponsorship for the professional counter at the Detroit River Hawk Watch. Before retiring Rosemary worked 34 years as a chemist and laboratory manager at AkzoNobel Coatings, Troy MI. One of the great pleasures of being retired is that she can spend more time at the Hawk Count. She also serves on the DRHW advisory group. In 2018 HMANA presented her with an Appreciation Award for her long-term dedication and commitment to raptor monitoring at the Detroit River Hawk Watch.
Location: Duluth, MN
Matt Etterson is a research ecologist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota, and the Chair of the Research Committee of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, which is also his home hawkwatch site. His current research includes the effects of climate change on raptor migration phenology; the exposure of raptors to environmental contaminants, including mercury and polyfluoralkyl substances; estimation of mortality rates associated with collision mortality in birds, including raptors; and estimation of population response of birds to anthropogenic stress.
Location: Orwigsburg, PA
Laurie J. Goodrich, Ph.D., is Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, PA, where she oversees all programs, staff, and facilities of the conservation science department. She also acts as liaison with other North American raptor migration sites and the Veracruz (Mexico) River of Raptors program and directs the Pennsylvania Farmland Raptor Project and Hawk Mountain’s Broad-winged Hawk research. Laurie received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University in 2010 on the stopover behavior and ecology of autumn-migrating raptors and a M.S. in Ecology from Rutgers University in 1982 on Least Tern nesting biology. In 2018 Laurie was the recipient of the inaugural Jerry Ligouri Conservation and Education Award for significant contributions to the hawkwatching and raptor research community.
Location: Delton, MI
Josh Haas first developed a love for hawks working with the birds of prey at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. A hawkwatching trip to Lake Erie Metropark opened his eyes to hawks in migration. Perplexed by seeing specks at a distance with an overwhelming itch to know what they were, he started learning from veteran hawk watchers and was hooked. He would end up spending seven Fall seasons working with the Detroit River Hawk Watch as a relief counter. There he honed his skills and developed a love for teaching visitors unique ways of telling the shadowy specs apart. This, combined with his experience in bird photography and videography took his teaching to a new level. His goal of making hawks accessible to everyone spawned his movie “Hawks on the Wing,” which teaches viewers about hawks in flight using video and audio commentary. Josh’s work can be seen on-line at www.hawksonthewing.com, in several birding apps along with publications all over Michigan.
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Raburn Howland is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He recently retired after more than 40 years at the University of Michigan working mostly in academic administration, doing both research support and financial management. He has an AB from the Ohio State University and an MA from the University of Michigan, both in political science. He spent three years in the Army with service in Europe. He also spent three years in the Foreign Service, representing the US in Colombia. Raburn has volunteered for almost 30 seasons with his home hawkwatch site, the Detroit River Hawk Watch, and its predecessor organization, Southeast Michigan Raptor Research (SMRR). He is currently serving as a volunteer coordinator and on the advisory board. He has been studying birds as a hobby for many years and has been a member of the Cornell Feeder Watch since 1989.
Location: Waynesboro, VA
Vic Laubach grew up in central Pennsylvania and has been birding and hawkwatching as long as he can remember. His favorite hawkwatch site early on was Hawk Mountain. After receiving a BS in biology from Penn State University, he earned a PhD in genetics from the George Washington University. While in graduate school he lived in Maryland and often took birding trips to the eastern shore including Cape May. After doing a postdoc in North Carolina, he came to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA in 1996, where he is currently professor of surgery. He runs an NIH-funded research laboratory where they study methods to diagnose, treat, and prevent acute lung injury after transplantation. He lives in Waynesboro, VA located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, an area rich in birds all year long. He is a member of the Augusta County Bird Club and is the coordinator of the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch on Afton Mountain (his home hawk watch) where he has been hawkwatching for the past 15 years. Rockfish Gap, which began in 1976, is manned by a small group of volunteer counters who are honored each fall to witness the largest Broad-wing flight in the Eastern Flyway. He enjoys being a member of HMANA and serving as a director where he can contribute to the big picture of hawkwatching, raptor population monitoring, and raptor conservation in North America.
Location: Rockwood, MI
Over the past eight years Andrew has put in approximately 5,000 hours of volunteer service at the Detroit River Hawk Watch. During that time he has pondered the whys and wherefores of raptor migration. Why is it that raptors fly in large numbers on certain days and on others very few are seen? He has tried to observe what is actually happening in front of him rather than taking old theories for granted. He believes that our old data left out one critical element that we did not collect until recently–barometric pressure. To understand the raptor numerical data that we assemble he thinks we have to fully understand the driving forces that affect migration from year to year. Andrew feels that the HMANA mission is critically important with climate change in the forefront of most people’s minds. HMANA can be considered an early warning system helping to show the effects of newly emerging weather patterns and the way they affect the living beings that share this planet with us.
Location: Robinson Township, PA
Brian M. Wargo fell into birding as a cathartic outlet while completing his Master’s degree in Physics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Later, while working on his Ph.D. in Science Education at the University of Pittsburgh, he visited the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch and became a hawkwatcher. Wargo counted at Cumberland Gap Hawk Watch in Maryland before transferring back to the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, his home hawk watch, where he is the Saturday counter and serves as the president of the Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society. Upon discovering Hawkcount.org, the HMANA website that functions as a clearinghouse for hawk data, Wargo’s passions for hawkwatching and data analysis collided. Wargo serves as a director of the board for HMANA, functioning as the co-chair of the Education and Conservation committee and the chair of the Data committee. He is also the Eastern Flyway Editor for Hawk Migration Studies. He authored, “Bird!”: An Exploration of Hawkwatching, which gives a bio-ethnographic overview of the hawkwatching community, including the culture of HMANA. Inspired by his kids, Meadow and Theo, Wargo also created the Junior Hawkwatcher Program, which is currently available to all hawk watches through HMANA.
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Will Weber has been a member since 1976. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer, teacher and trainer in Nepal from 1971-75 and received a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Michigan. He founded and directed JOURNEYS International—an adventure, nature and eco- travel company—and has led more than 100 active tours to Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. He helped establish the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory and was instrumental in the establishment of Hawkcount and the Raptor Population Index. His current interests include ecological restoration and understanding how birds cope with climate change.
Advisor, RPI Data Manager, HawkCount & RPI Webmaster
Location: Homer, AK