New Analyses Highlight the Conservation Status of North American Raptors

28 July 2021
 PRESS RELEASE FROM RPI: The latest set of analyses by the internationally award-winning Raptor Population Index Project (RPI) shows declines in some migratory hawk populations, while other species are on the rise. HawkWatch International serves as one of the four leading hawk watch and migration research organizations that analyze and…

Migration is ON

23 July 2021
It’s been just over one year since we made a really difficult decision—to suspend operations at five of our HawkWatch research sites for the 2020 season. It was disappointing, but the right thing to do. Most of our sites are located in remote wilderness areas where our crews live in…

Closing the Nature Gap

21 July 2021
Even in the heat of July, HawkWatch International is thinking about school. Before you know it, parents and students will be shopping for pencils and notebooks. The HWI education team goes back to school too, and we are especially excited this year to bring our Raptor Ambassadors back into classrooms…

Hot off the Press! Raptor Report Cards are In!

12 July 2021
Each year, HWI’s eight Raptor Ambassadors reach over 40,000 people with messages about raptors, science, and conservation. It’s true! But reaching this many people isn’t easy. To do so, our Raptor Ambassadors need to have strong appetites, cooperate with their human companions, and use their beauty and power to draw…

What’s it Like to Take Care of Raptors?

06 July 2021
Pretty much any time we take one of our Raptor Ambassadors out to a program, we hear someone exclaim “I want a pet owl!” Besides the legal requirements to keep raptors in your care, we’re always quick to point out that it takes a lot of time, money, and effort…

HawkWatch After Dark

24 June 2021
Now that temperatures are rising and the summer solstice has come, a few changes need to be made to our Raptor Ambassador care. We have three owl Raptor Ambassadors, and being nocturnal means that they operate on a different schedule. Melissa Halvorsen, our Education and Outreach Director is giving you…

Looking for Tawnies in Karoo, South Africa

16 June 2021
Tawny Eagles occur throughout much of Africa and South Asia, however rapid declines have been reported across their African range. These declines have warranted the up-listing of their conservation status on the IUCN Red List to Vulnerable in 2018. The exact cause of these population declines is largely unknown, however,…

Blog: Updates from Our Global Raptor Research and Conservation Grant Recipients

11 June 2021
At the beginning of 2021, we announced the winners of our inaugural Global Raptor Research and Conservation Grant. This grant aimed to fund projects addressing global raptor research and conservation priorities. We set out to invest in projects led by citizens of the Global South, with the aim of increasing…

Declining Augur Buzzard Populations Found in Areas With Increasing Human Development

01 June 2021
Though the IUCN defines Augur Buzzards as a species of Least Concern, a recent study shows a loss of nearly half of Augur Buzzard territories in two decades. The Peregrine Fund has been studying these iconic raptors since 1995 in order to see if urbanization has affected Augur Buzzard populations.…

Welcoming a New “Normal”

28 May 2021
We are excited to share with you that our whole staff is fully vaccinated! With this new development, we have elected to return to some of our pre-pandemic programming. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we paused our long-term monitoring efforts at 5 of our migrations sites and asked our incredible…