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HMANA is about to embark on the second of three years of fundraising for the “Counting for Raptor Conservation” campaign.  Our first goal of $15,000 has been reached and surpassed with the current total at $17,920.  To all who have supported HMANA thus far, we wish to thank you again for your support of the campaign.

The timing of this current campaign update comes just after our recent 40th Anniversary HMANA Conference held on April 25, 26 and 27 in Rochester, NY.  Braddock Bay Raptor Research was our gracious host for the three-day event entitled “Connecting Hawks and People for 40 Years”. The conference included keynote presentations by Keith Bildstein (from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary) and author Richard Crossley, a full schedule of interesting and informative presentations by raptor researchers and conservationists, a wonderful dinner and an exciting silent auction!

We even had time on Sunday for what we all enjoy, viewing a superb flight of migrants at Braddock Bay Hawk Watch totaling nearly 5,000 birds!

Spending three days together with wonderful people, all committed in myriad ways to raptor conservation and monitoring was an invigorating reminder that, whether you have been involved with HMANA from the beginning or joined the ride further downstream, we are all engaged in a vital and worthwhile endeavor, with far-reaching and tangible accomplishments, and a bright horizon for continued success!

This campaign has had a positive response from HMANA supporters since the initial launch this past November, but we still have much more to accomplish. The foundation we have built during the past 6 months will enable us to continue the momentum and ensure a successful outcome during the remaining two years of the campaign.

The HMANA Board sends out its gratitude to our donors for their willingness to generously contribute to this important effort to move HMANA toward a successful and sustainable future.

The Conference in Rochester left many of us with a reinvigorated spirit to make this campaign a total success and secure the necessary funding to hire a full time executive director and establish a permanent home for HMANA!

We encourage you to take a look at the photos and posts from the Conference on the HMANA WebsiteHMANA Facebook page, and the Nature Travel Network  where the event was covered in real time!

Donate online http://www.hmana.org/donations/.  Be sure to choose “Counting for Raptor Conservation” to ensure your donation will be designated properly.  You can also send a check to HMANA to Julie Brown, Monitoring Site Coordinator, 151 Antrim Rd., Hancock, NH 03449.  Make check payable to HMANA and include a note in the memo to say “Counting for Conservation”.