March 1-May 31, 2017

Spring migration is here and what better way to celebrate than taking part in HMANA’s 9th season of Raptorthon!

The purpose of Raptorthon is to have fun and to raise money to support HMANA’s and hawkwatchers’ work for raptors and hawkwatching throughout the Americas.  Like Birdathon, Raptorthon is a sponsored Bird Count, but is focused on raptors. It’s aimed at getting the maximum count of raptor species in a 24-hour period and optionally you can count all other bird species as well.

Simply choose one day to count, register with HMANA, find sponsors to pledge support for your Raptorthon, go out and find as many species as possible,  collect your pledges and report your results. HMANA will allocate your proceeds according to you wishes and publish results in the Hawk Migration Studies journal.

All proceeds can be allocated to directly support hawk watchsites as well as HMANA programs like You may also choose to assign a portion of your Raptorthon proceeds to HMANA’s Hawk Watch Fund which supports hawkwatching and hawkwatch programs throughout the HMANA network.

Our Spring 2017 Featured Raptorthoner – Dr. Wargo and the Eaglets!

This winter, we welcomed Brian M. Wargo to the HMANA board. Brian is a high school physics teacher in the Freedom Area School District in PA and is excited to participate in his first Raptorthon event. His team is comprised of four female high school students (Peyton Zankel, Brianna McKee, Breanna Leasure, and Kayla Carpenter), who are all members of the newly formed Naturalist Club and are interested in pursuing careers in ecology.

The Eaglets team will conduct their Raptorthon event at the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch and surrounding area on Saturday, April 15th. The raptors they hope to see include Broad-winged Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, and hopefully Bald and Golden Eagles. You can read more about their event or sponsor their team at

Learn more about how to take part in Raptorthon, become a sponsor, or donate directly by visiting