Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Counting for Conservation

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) by taking in the amazing views atop Hawk Mountain while scanning the skies for returning hawks and songbirds. It’s all part of the annual Raptorthon, hosted by identification and raptor conservation expert Dr. Laurie Goodrich, the Sanctuary’s Director of Conservation Science, and Hawk Mountain trainees. The annual event is coordinated by conservation partners at the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).

Raptorthon is an annual fund- and friend-raising event that engages bird and hawk watch sites while raising funds and awareness for raptor monitoring programs. Any gift made to the Raptorthon will be split between HMANA and the organization of your choice. The Sanctuary’s “Team Counting for Conservation” will tally as many raptors and other bird species in a 24-hour period with a goal of spotting at least nine different raptor species. HMANA is a mostly volunteer organization that compiles count data from Hawk Mountain and 150 other count sites across North America.

Hawk Mountain hosts the longest-running migration count anywhere in the world. As such it has been dubbed, the ‘mecca’ for many hawkwatchers and has served as a model to sites around the continent and across the globe. The long-term count involves daily counts by staff or trainees in spring and fall season and is supported primarily by donations and memberships. This spring, we celebrate Hawk Mountain’s long-term count and its role as a model for the world and invite you to join us.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by joining Hawk Mountain friends and visitors for all or part of the day to celebrate hawk migration counting at the historic Sanctuary.

Those who wish to support Hawk Mountain can join in the fun throughout the day and/or make a donation. Supporters can also make a contribution by bringing their cash/check donation to the Mountain on the day of the event.



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