HMANA Research Award

The HMANA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the availability of the HMANA Research Award of up to $1,000 annually to support field studies relating to raptor migration ecology and behavior, population monitoring, and conservation. Proposals on the following monitoring topics are encouraged for the 2020 awards:

  • New fall migration monitoring sites in the following regions: Pacific states, Great Plains, southern states (except Texas), western Mexico, Central and northern South America
  • New spring migration monitoring sites outside of the Great Lakes region
  • New migration monitoring sites sampling rarely counted migratory raptors such as Rough-legged Hawk, Prairie Falcon or Swainson’s Hawk
  • Investigations to guide standardizing and developing winter road raptor surveys
  • Use of Christmas Bird Count data or band recovery data to address species-specific patterns of non-breeding season distribution and abundance
  • Research targeted to understanding the connectivity among breeding, migrating and non breeding distributions of raptor species.

To apply, submit a proposal no longer than five pages that includes:

  • Background of the applicant(s) and organizations involved;
  • Significance of the proposed research;
  • Location of the study site(s) and the particular raptor species involved;
  • Specific research objectives and methods and
  • Proposed budget (1 page or less), including other sources of funding or in-kind support.

Deadline for proposals is October 15, 2020. Up to two proposals will be funded per year and will be announced by November 1, 2020. It is expected that for monitoring projects, hourly data will be entered into All awardees should submit a short paper describing the research project and results to the HMANA journal Hawk Migration Studies within six months of conclusion of the study.

Proposals will be accepted by email at or may be mailed to:

Julie Brown
Hawk Migration Association of North America
151 Antrim Rd
Hancock, NH 03449