Remembering Aymara

30 March 2020
In late March, HawkWatch International bid a very sad farewell to Aymara, one of our full-time raptor ambassadors. Aymara was a spunky Swainson's Hawk who came to live with HWI after sustaining an injury that left her unable to fly. Over the years, she traveled across Utah and the western…

A Message to Our Raptor Community

16 March 2020
As with so many organizations at this time, HawkWatch International is looking to follow guidelines put forth by State, National, and International health organizations in regard to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are taking the following precautions to ensure that our employees and members of the community around us…

Welcome to Dr. Megan Murgatroyd

15 October 2019
HawkWatch International is very excited to welcome Dr. Megan Murgtroyd as a Conservation Biologist and newest member of the HWI staff. Based in South Africa, Dr. Murgatroyd will be joining HWI’s growing international programs that work to track raptor issues and identify conservation needs across the globe. In her position,…

Raptors and Great Salt Lake

28 August 2019
Conservation Science Director Dr. Steve Slater contributed recently to the Spring 2019 newsletter from FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake. Along with their work to achieve comprehensive watershed-based restoration and protection, FRIENDS regularly works in partnership with HawkWatch International to shed insights into the health of raptors and their prey at varying…

HWI Welcomes our New Executive Director

09 July 2019
HawkWatch International staff, board and volunteers are thrilled to welcome Nikki Wayment as the new Executive Director. Paul Parker previously headed the organization until his retirement in June. Nikki has spent more than a decade working with HWI and has taught countless children and community members throughout the western U.S. about…

Solving Scavenger Mysteries with Animal Planet

04 June 2019
International Programs Director Evan Buechley, PhD, wasn't expecting to make history when he ventured into Utah's Great Basin Desert to study scavenger ecology. Evan placed a calf carcass in the desert to attract scavengers, but when he returned the carcass had seemingly vanished. After ruling out coyotes and Turkey Vultures,…

American Kestrel Study Update

29 May 2019
More than 70 citizen scientists, including students from the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, are monitoring 435 nest boxes along the Wasatch Front in Northern Utah. As of May 28, we have American Kestrels using 90+ boxes, 80 of these have eggs, with over half of these incubating complete…

The RunOut Podcast with Eric Chabot

10 May 2019
HWI Research Associate Eric Chabot recently stopped by The RunOut Podcast to chat about raptor nesting, why nesting closures happen in climbing areas and how land managers make decisions. Click here to listen to the full episode   "Spring is here and love is in the air. In the case of…

Jerry Liguori Receives HWI Lifetime Achievement Award

09 May 2019
HawkWatch International (HWI) is proud to honor author, photographer and raptor biologist Jerry Liguori with the HWI Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his commitment to raptor research, education and conservation. Jerry started hawk watching in his home state of New Jersey in the 1980’s beginning a 30+ year career as a…

HWI featured in Living Bird Magazine

12 April 2019
HawkWatch International Research Biologist Jesse Watson is featured in "America’s Smallest Falcon is Getting Smaller," from the Spring 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. The article dives into the habitat loss of America's smallest falcon -- the Kestrel -- and new research that suggests this fierce raptor's body is shrinking.…