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The Hawk Migration Association of North America is excited to announce that Jane Ferreyra, from Farmington Hills, Michigan, will become our organization’s first executive director.

“We can’t be more pleased that Jane has agreed to accept this leadership position,” HMANA’s Chair Carolyn Hoffman said.

“I’m tremendously honored and excited to serve as HMANA’s first executive director,” said Ferreyra. “I feel lucky that my career has directed me to this incredible opportunity, where I will be able to combine my nonprofit management skills with my growing interest in birds of prey and the natural world. The fact that Detroit is among the top international migration flyways for raptors is something I look forward to sharing, as HMANA builds membership and support for all of its vital initiatives.”

Jane will begin her new role in early July. When the visitor’s center at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge opens-projected for September-Jane will have an office at that site, which is just a few miles from the Detroit River Hawk Watch and not far from the Holiday Beach Observatory. She will work closely with Julie Brown, HMANA’s monitoring site coordinator.

Jane brings to HMANA extensive fundraising and administrative experience. Currently, she is director of Wayne State University Press in Detroit, which publishes 11 journals and approximately 40 new titles each year. Fundraising for those publications, supervising her staff of 18, public engagement, and budgeting for the University Press have been her primary duties. She has a strong interest in promoting conservation and environmental protection relevant to raptors.

HMANA’s search committee undertook a rigorous year-long search and recruitment for the position, which was made possible by generous gifts from HMANA members and a substantial matching donation from an anonymous donor.

This is a new and exciting time for HMANA as our organization moves into a new era. Having a full-time executive director will allow HMANA to do so much more to advance its raptor conservation mission than we can accomplish with only a part-time employee and the volunteerism of our board. Thanks to everyone for being such an important part of this big step forward!