Rockfish Gap Hawk Watchers

Raptorthon Date: May 11, 2022 (Back-up Date: May 13, 2022)

On May 11, the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watchers team will conduct our 10th annual Raptorthon! Our team of four this year (Vic Laubach, Penny Warren, Rich Wood, Ezra Staengl) will cover Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia. We’re aiming to outdo our Raptorthon from last spring, where we ended with 111 species, including eight raptor species! We plan to be out before sunrise looking for Whip-poor-wills and owls before arriving at Paddy Knob (on the border with West Virginia) just after sunrise. We’ll then spend the first half of the day birding in Highland County and then finish the day in Augusta county. Wish us luck!

We hope you can sponsor our team with a donation of any size! Half of the funds we raise will support HMANA programs, including Hawk Watch Fund grants, and half will return to help our local hawk watch (Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch) in Waynesboro, VA. We are an all-volunteer hawk watch that has been counting migrating fall raptors since 1976! We depend on donations like yours to help keep our hawk watch up and running year after year.

Thanks for your support!

The Rockfish Gap Hawk Watchers

Team Leader: Vic Laubach


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