HMANA Board Chair
Location: Lewisberry, PA
Carolyn Hoffman is an author, editor, and outdoor writer who lives in a cabin on Roundtop Mountain in Pennsylvania. She has been chairman of HMANA for five years and editor of Hawk Migration Studies journal for many years. Carolyn learned to hawkwatch at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary but now calls Waggoner’s Gap her home hawkwatch. Carolyn started hawkwatching in the years shortly after DDT was banned, and because she wanted to see an eagle, she had to go hawkwatching many times before seeing her first bald eagle. By the time that first eagle passed North Lookout while she was there, she was hooked. Carolyn is also an avid hiker and was the first person to backpack the route of what was then the proposed route of the North Country Trail in 1978.
HMANA Board Vice-Chair
Location: Orwigsburg, PA
Laurie J. Goodrich, Ph.D., is Director of Long-term Monitoring at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning, Hawk Mountain, PA. Her work includes overseeing Hawk Mountain’s migration counts and database management, acting as liaison with other North American raptor migration sites and the Veracruz (Mexico) River of Raptors program, and directing 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.
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.
Location: Scarborough, Ontario
John Barker has lived in the Toronto region for his whole life with the exception of two years in British Columbia, having been raised in Scarborough (east Toronto). His father was a senior officer with the Toronto Police Service and, because of that, Barker applied for and was accepted into the civilian branch at TPS Headquarters, working full-time upon graduation from high school in 1976. He retired in October 2016 after a career spent working in twelve different departments at TPS, including managing all headquarter events, and running side businesses such as a car detailing business, and endeavors into shipping and receiving ventures. Barker started birding in 1988 and started hawkwatching in 1991. He has enjoyed a lot of traveling over the years, throughout Canada, the USA, Europe, and Russia. John’s home hawkwatch site is Rosetta McClain Gardens.
Location: Gurnee, IL
Vic Berardi is the founder of the all-volunteer Illinois Beach State Park Hawk Watch which has conducted eighteen seasons of full-time hawk migration monitoring since 2000. In 2013 he co-founded a new site at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, also on the shore of Lake Michigan, in Highland Park, IL. This site is contributing data to the study of raptors migrating along the western shore of Lake Michigan and through urban areas. Vic served for several years as the Central Flyway Editor for Hawk Migration Studies. In 2014 he was the recipient of HMANA’s Appreciation Award for his outstanding service furthering hawk migration studies and conservation. In 2009 he was awarded the Service to Chicago Area Birders by the Chicago Audubon Society. In 2007 he was awarded the Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award for his leadership in raptor education and research. Vic is also an accomplished photographer and regularly donates his photos for use in raptor conservation efforts. Many of his photos have been on covers of Hawk Migration Studies. He has also contributed to books by well-known raptor experts including Brian Wheeler, Jerry Liguori, and Brian Sullivan. Vic is a retired small business owner and sales manager for a leading manufacturing company and has considerable experience in marketing and web design.
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: 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: 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.
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: Bozeman, MT
In January 2017, after 10 years as Executive Director of Montana Audubon, Steve Hoffman retired to start his own birding tour company, Merlin Birding & Nature Tours, LLC. As founder of HawkWatch International (in 1986), and one of the co-founders and science advisors of the Veracruz River of Raptors Project (VRR), Steve offers VRR tour participants a unique scientific and historical perspective about this project’s 25-year effort to monitor and protect this globally significant raptor flyway. Steve has been leading group birding tours to central and southern Veracruz since 1994 (and never tires of watching the migration!). Over the past 15 years Steve has also led or co-led many National Audubon Society and Montana Audubon birding tours to Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Oaxaca & Baja California regions, and throughout Montana. Steve grew up in suburban Philadelphia and received his master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University in 1979. Steve resides in Bozeman with his wife Lisa and their 23-year old son Merlin. His home hawkwatch site is Bridger Mountains.
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: Medford, MA
Paul M. Roberts has been an active hawkwatcher longer than the life of the oldest known wild Bald Eagle. His fascination with hawks began when he encountered them with his wife Julie while mountain hiking in New England. Attending a talk by Don Hopkins, one of the founders of the New England Hawk Watch and HMANA, put the awe, mystery, and significance of hawks into perspective. In 1976 Paul organized the Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch, initially several dozen sites covered to determine where hawks might be seen migrating. Paul started coverage at Wachusett Mountain, Mt. Watatic, and Plum Island, which have evolved into significant, long-term sites. In 1978 he saw and documented the largest flight of Broad-winged Hawks ever recorded in New England up until that time, changing his life forever. Paul first joined HMANA in 1978, becoming Vice-Chair and then the Chair of HMANA, succeeding founder Michael Harwood. He later also succeeded Don Hopkins as President of the now NorthEast Hawk Watch. When he wasn’t hawkwatching Paul was in marketing and corporate communications for several international high-tech companies. In 1995 he received HMANA’s Maurice Broun Award for “deep personal commitment and outstanding service to further hawk migration study and conservation.” Paul currently serves on the Membership & Development, Conference, and Strategic Planning (Marketing) Committees, chairing the latter.
Advisor, RPI Data Manager, HawkCount & RPI Webmaster
Location: Homer, AK
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.
HMANA Board Treasurer
Location: Shelby Township, MI