Take Part this Spring!  Any time March 1-May 31, 2021
Be part of a continental effort to support raptor conservation, monitoring programs and your local watch site.

HMANA’s Spring Raptorthon: March 1-May 31, 2021

The purpose of Raptorthon is simple: get outside and have fun birding while raising funds on behalf of raptor monitoring throughout the Americas!

Like a Bird-a-thon effort, Raptorthon is a sponsored bird count, just focused on raptors. The aim is to see the largest number of raptor species (and, optionally, all other bird species as well) in a 24-hour-period.

Participation is Easy

Simply choose one day to count, register with HMANA, find sponsors to pledge support for your Raptorthon, find as many species as possible, collect your pledges, and report your results!

Support your Local Watch Site

All funds raised support raptor monitoring, but you decide how it is distributed!

1-Donate 50% of all you raise to a hawkwatch site and 50% to HMANA to support its raptor conservation efforts

2-Donate 25% to another conservation organization of your choice and 75% to HMANA or

3-Donate 100% to HMANA programs

Hawk Watch Fund

HMANA’s Hawk Watch Fund grant program grows every year because of Raptorthon. We dedicate 25% of what is donated to HMANA during Raptorthon to the Fund, growing our annual grant program supporting education and research efforts at watch sites throughout the Americas. Thanks to Raptorthon, we are offered $2,600 in grants in 2020. 

Support Raptorthon—sponsor a team with a pledge or host your own event. Either way you directly strengthen the raptor monitoring community. We are incredibly grateful for all who have participated in or donated to Raptorthon over the years. Together, we have made a tangible impact in supporting our international monitoring network, raising over $77,000 for watch sites and HMANA programs, and enjoying a lot of fun days of birding!

COVID-19 Note

With Raptorthon, you have the freedom to create your own event, wherever you are comfortable! Stay in your yard or neighborhood, plan a road trip to a beach, or choose a park or sanctuary that allows for social distancing. Raptorthon can be done solo, with your family members, or with friends. Spend time outside in a way that makes you feel safe!

What is a Raptorthon?
Like Bird-a-thon, Raptorthon is a sponsored bird count, but is focused on raptors. It’s a fun event organized by The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) in which you ask people for a pledge to sponsor you for a day searching for as many raptors species (and optionally other species) as possible.

What happens to the money I raise during the Raptorthon?
All money raised supports raptor monitoring, but you decide how it’s distributed. You have the choice to donate 50% of the money you raise to a hawkwatch organization and 50% to HMANA to support its HawkCount database, Raptor Population Index project, and raptor conservation efforts. Or you can choose to donate 25% to another conservation organization of your choice and 75% to HMANA, or you can donate 100% to HMANA. HMANA’s proceeds above the standard 50% will be allocated to our new HawkWatchFund to support hawk watching throughout North and Central America.

Do I need to be an experienced hawkwatcher to take part in HMANA’s Raptorthon?
You don’t need to be an experienced hawkwatcher. The purpose of the Raptorthon is to get outside and have fun for the day searching for raptors and other birds and to raise money in support of raptors. To benefit from others’ experience, form your own team or contact your local hawkwatching site for information about joining a team. Or go it alone and do your best!

Do I have to count only hawks during my Raptorthon?
No, this is totally up to you! You may choose to count the number of raptor species you see or hear in one day (including owls and shrikes) or you may choose to count all bird species you see in one day. Or you can count both!

Do I have to count raptors for a full day? What are the dates of the event?
Spring Raptorthon is for any 24-hour-period between March 1-May 31. Look for raptors and other birds for any number of hours up to 24! You decide the time and date for your Raptorthon. Just remember to fill in the date on your registration form.

Do I have to do the Raptorthon at a known hawkwatch site?
No! You can be anywhere at all when you do your Raptorthon. Count from your backyard or tour the local hawkwatches and birding hotspots. Visit a beach or a park near you.

How do I register to take part in the Raptorthon?
You can register online (click the Register button above) or use the printable registration form in the Raptorthon Forms section. Complete the form and email or mail to Julie Brown, 151 Antrim Rd, Hancock, NH 03449.

What other forms do I need?
In addition to the Registration Form, you’ll need the Pledge Coupon to solicit pledges. You will send this form to your potential sponsors for their pledges. “How to Find Sponsors” contains helpful tips in reaching out to sponsors. Next you will need the Sponsor List to track donations from your sponsors which will later be mailed to HMANA with checks. All forms are available in the Raptorthon Forms tab.

Use the following forms to help drive Raptorthon Participation!

Raptorthon Sponsor List

How to Find Sponsors

Pledge Coupon

Raptorthon Registration 2020

Keep coming back to the site as we add our participating Raptorthoners!


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch & Learn series: Exploring Raptorthon

Join us Wednesday, February 24, at 12 pm ET, when the Lunch & Learn series will explore HMANA's annual Spring birding event, Raptorthon! HMANA Monitoring Site Coordinator Julie Brown, along with several experienced Raptorthoners, will share what this event is all about, how to participate, and how it supports HMANA’s programs and the network of raptor monitoring sites, including your favorite local hawkwatch! Julie Brown spent many years migrating around the country, working as a field biologist mainly focused on behavioral studies and contamination research with raptors. She also spent many years hawkwatching and working for several migration sites. She joined HMANA in 2009 and has been supporting migration sites among numerous other programs ever since. ...

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