HMANA encourages hawk watchers to support ongoing, established watch sites with their volunteer hours and assistance whenever possible. Consistent annual coverage at selected sites is essential to statistically valid trend assessment, a cornerstone of HMANA’s raptor conservation efforts.
HMANA also encourages the exploration of new flyways or sites in areas not well covered by established watch sites such as central, southern, and western United States and Canada, Mexico, and Central America. New HMANA or HawkCount sites should be found in distinct locations and apart from other existing watch sites in the HMANA network. Care should be taken to obtain permission from landowners to avoid the need to move sites over time.
All proposed locations of new sites should be compared to existing watch sites within the HawkCount network (see Find a HawkWatch). If a site is within several miles of an existing location, HMANA asks that site compilers from the nearby watch site be consulted to avoid conflicts and to avoid using alternate count sites for that site. Moreover, HMANA may choose not to archive the new site data in HawkCount as the data collected from the two places could overlap substantially. However, with the nearby site permission, data could be archived in HawkCount but kept from public view to avoid confusion.
To check if your site is a possible new site, fill out the new account request form online, with the latitude and longitude of the proposed location. The HMANA data committee will review all new site requests and respond in a timely fashion.
Once a site is approved, the HawkCount database manager will contact the proposed site leader to finalize site set-up. Hawkwatch count data may be entered online at HawkCount, HMANA’s hawk watch count database. Hourly or daily count totals can be entered online via the website or submitted as .xls spreadsheets.
If your watch site is already active at HawkCount, consult your watch site or project leader for access.
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