Experience the beauty of raptors, first-hand.
Several of our migration projects have on-site interpreters who can help you better understand the "why's" and "how's" of migration. Interpreters are generally available six days per week throughout the monitoring season.
For information about how you can use HawkWatch International migration sites as a learning resource, including dates, directions, and location, please go to our migration site page.
Projects that include trapping/banding operations offer the additional experience of seeing recently-banded raptors up-close. Visitors may also have the opportunity to release the bird, when appropriate. Returning a wild raptor to its migratory journey is an experience that is difficult to describe or match.
If you have the opportunity to release a hawk, then you can ask the educator to record the band number. If you so choose you can sponsor the hawk you just released through our Adopt-a-Hawk program.
What to bring to the research sites:
- Water (water is not available to visitors at our research sites and some sites require a long hike before reaching the migration site)
- Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
- Lunch or snack food (no food is available to visitors at the research sites)
- Extra layers of clothing (some of our research sites are up on high peaks and it may be very cold and windy at the top while it was hot and calm at the start of the hike, come prepared for quickly changing weather conditions)
- Due to the nature of the sensitive research being conducted, dogs are not allowed at the research site.