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HMANA Raptor Resources

Hawk Migration Studies – The Journal of the Hawk Migration Association of North America Hawk Migration Studies is published twice a year. This journal provides regional reports on the migration from across North America, as well as articles on hawks, hawk identification, hawk watching, and more. Hawk Migration Studies is available to individuals as a part of their annual membership benefits. To join HMANA and receive Hawk Migration Studies, go to our membership page. Institutional rates are also available.

HawkCount.org – A free guide to hawk-watching sites across North America and a large database on the timing, magnitude, and composition of spring and/or fall migration at each site. The website provides daily reports along with monthly and seasonal summaries for many hawk-watch sites across the continent.

HMANA E-newsletter – A bimonthly email newsletter for HMANA members on hawk migration, hawk watching, and HMANA with brief stories on upcoming events and opportunities, and a variety of short news items, on hawks, hawk watch sites, and hawk watchers.

Hawkwatching in the Americas, edited by Keith Bildstein and Daniel Klem Jr. (Kempton, PA: Hawk Migration Association of North America, 2001, 277 pp.). This book consists of 24 peer-reviewed papers presented at the 25th anniversary meeting of the Hawk Migration Association North America (HMANA) in June 2000. Intended primarily for the experienced hawk watcher, it should be of interest to anyone with an interest in bird migration per se, with major papers on full-season hawk watches in coastal Texas, raptor migration through Mesoamerica (Veracruz), ageing eagles at hawk watches, and using Doppler weather radar to study hawk migration.

The State of North America’s Birds of Prey by the Raptor Population Index (2008) is the first continental report on the population status of North America’s migratory birds of prey. Written by 22 of the hemisphere’s best-known raptor migration specialists, the 426-page book includes a brief history of raptor conservation in North America, the principles and methods for the use of migration counts to determine population trends, regional overviews of trends in migration counts, a report on the conservation status of 20 species of birds of prey, and more. This book can be purchased online from Buteo Books.

Additional Recommended Books on Raptors

Bird! An Exploration of Hawkwatching. Brian M. Wargo. BMW Publications (2016). “Bird!” is an existential exploration of nature through the guise of hawkwatching. In his first book about this esoteric subject, Brian M. Wargo, a physical and social science educator, taps into the universality of Homo sapiens’ longing to connect to the biotic world.

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America. Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Karlson. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2017).

Birds of Prey of the East: A Field Guide. Brian K. Wheeler. Princeton University Press (2018). Uses hundreds of artist’s illustrations by Wheeler to illustrate plumage differences for all eastern raptors, including both genders and various ages, morphs and types.

Birds of Prey of the West: A Field Guide. Brian K. Wheeler. Princeton University Press (2018). 

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors. Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori and Brian L. Sullivan. Princeton University Press (2013). In typical Crossley style has roughly 5-10 individual hawk photos (“cutouts”) of a species dropped into an appropriate background photo on each page, illustrating different ages, morphs, or genders in flight and perched. The photos work well and the text is well written.

A Field Guide to Hawks of North America (Peterson Field Guide Series), Second Edition. William S. Clark and Brian K. Wheeler. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2001). The only true “field” guide to North American hawks. The text by Bill Clark and Brian Wheeler is comprehensive and the detailed illustrations by Brian Wheeler show how the hawks look when seen close up, perched, and in flight.

Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors. Jerry Liguori. Princeton University Press (2011). A follow-on to the 2005 book, including hundreds of small images for identifying hawks when they are very far away.

Hawks from Every Angle: How to Identify Raptors in Flight. Jerry Liguori. Princeton University Press (2005). A superb guide with 339 color photos of hawks in flight. This book emphasizes key characteristics for identification and discusses confusing species. Not the first book you should buy, but quite helpful for anyone planning to do much hawkwatching.

Hawks in Flight, Second Edition. David Sibley, Pete Dunne and Clay Sutton. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012). A classic. Pete Dunne’s exquisite prose evokes vivid images of the hawks as you usually see them in the field. Excellent line drawings by Sibley and black-and-white photographs by Sutton make this book very helpful. it covers many more species (23) seen in North America and provides more detailed discussions of subtle differences in shape and behavior.

Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season. Phil Fitzpatrick. Savage Press (2019). A collection of 70 poem composed over a two-year period. Drawings by Penny Perry.

A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors. William S. Clark and Brian K. Wheeler. Princeton University Press (2003). This book contains several hundred relatively large full-color photographs of 43 species of North American hawks. Complementing Field Guide to Hawks of North America, it provides superb photographs of the various plumages of each species, including 46 photographs of Red-tailed Hawk alone!

Raptors of Eastern North America: The Wheeler Guides. Brian K. Wheeler. Princeton University Press (2007).