The Pisgah Peregrines
Who doesn’t love a Raptor? Even non-birders are fascinated by these noble creatures, with their fierce look and aerial abilities. A Peregrine can dive up to 200mph and the Broad-winged Hawks migrate from Northern Canada and Eastern U.S., thousands of miles to Central and South America, just to name a couple fascinating raptor facts!
But as with many other avian species, raptors need conservation too! That’s where HMANA comes in and you can be a huge help! Here’s how:
On Saturday, April 20 (rain date April 21) I will be participating for the first time in Raptorthon! I have already been counting hawks for many years, and have, in the last couple years, been reporting counts from the Mt. Pisgah site (also known as Mills River Overlook, MM 404 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC) and now is my chance to count in another aspect: Raptorthon! I’ll be counting as many species and numbers as I can for an entire day as I travel around Henderson County, NC, and reach out to Transylvania, Buncombe, and Haywood County as time permits. I’ll be concentrating on raptor spotting, but will also be counting each and every bird I hear and see. I’ll have my husband, Carlton, drive so that I can keep my eyes to the sky. Maybe I’ll get lucky and hear an owl as it gets dark too!
Please sponsor my team with a contribution of any amount! All funds raised will go toward monitoring programs at HMANA including HawkCount.org, a migration database which securely stores counts of migrating raptors from more than 250 sites across the United States, Canada, and Central America. Your donation will also support HMANA’s Hawk Watch Fund which provides annual grants to assist watch sites looking for support that includes educational materials and displays, construction and maintenance of viewing platforms, hiring hawk watchers, or purchase of equipment.