Golden Eagle “DH” Demonstrates the Value of Color Banding – In Pictures

09 August 2022
By Steve Slater While you likely know that HawkWatch International has been placing silver aluminum bands on raptors for over 35 years to study raptor movement ecology and survival, have you ever heard of color bands? Color bands are sometimes placed on birds in addition to traditional bands and generally…

2022 Fall Migration FAQs

01 August 2022
Jesse Watson at Chelan Ridge HawkWatch PC Blank Space Where can I find the locations of your hawkwatches? HWI runs a network of count sites across the western half of the US. If you head to our Migration Network page on our website, you can find the coordinates and driving…

Volunteer Spotlight: Chad Welch

27 July 2022
How long have you been volunteering with HawkWatch International?  6 years (I think) How did you get started volunteering with HWI? A good friend invited me to tag along on a Short-eared Owl Survey in 2016, and I've been hooked ever since! In addition to the Short-eared Owl Survey, I've…

Fledging the Nest: Tessa McNamee

19 July 2022
Today we are sad to say see you later to one of our longest volunteers. Tessa McNamee has been volunteering with HWI since she was in 6th grade, putting 11 years into caring for our Raptor Ambassadors. As you can imagine, 11-year-olds are not allowed to handle the birds, so…

Can a Second Year Raptor be a Mom?

13 July 2022
Blog written Mike Shaw, Secretary of the board We recently received an Ask An Expert submission from a photographer in Virginia who happened upon the following: four Cooper’s Hawks in juvenile plumage were together on a branch, but there were notable differences between them. Three had grayish-green eyes, relatively short…

Volunteer Spotlight: Tori Sohm

21 June 2022
How long have you been volunteering with HawkWatch International?  I started volunteering last autumn, in 2021. How did you get started volunteering with HWI? It's actually kind of a funny story. I had been turned down for an educator job at HWI and figured that would be the end of…

Welcoming Raptors to Your Backyard

07 June 2022
Inviting raptors to your yard not only makes for pleasant bird watching but also balances the health of your yard’s ecosystem. As predators, raptors will help keep down the levels of small rodents like the mice who are entering your home, the insects eating the tomatoes in your vegetable garden,…

Tools of the Trade: American Kestrel Studies

31 May 2022
American Kestrels are North America’s tiniest falcons and are also one of the continent’s most common raptor species. Long-term migration counts, Breeding Bird Surveys, and Christmas Bird Counts, however, have alerted researchers to declines in American Kestrel populations. In order to determine what could be causing these declines, HWI and…

Volunteer Spotlight: Destinee Lancaster

24 May 2022
How long have you been volunteering with HawkWatch International?  I have been volunteering as an education docent with HawkWatch International for eight months. How did you get started volunteering with HWI? I love education and working with animals, so being an education docent seemed like a perfect fit! What is…

Tools of the Trade: Cameras and Optics

16 May 2022
There's a reason that people often use the expression "watch something like a hawk." Birds of prey come designed to see you, so to see these elusive species, special tools are required. As mostly solitary predators, these birds take up large territories to hunt, which only allows for a certain…