Volunteer Spotlight: Tom Jones

22 March 2022
Meet this month’s volunteer spotlight, Tom Jones! Tom has volunteered at HawkWatch International in many different roles—if there is an opportunity to gather data and get out in the field, Tom gets after it! Every year Tom monitors around 20 American Kestrel Boxes in addition to maintaining, hanging, and repairing…

Tools and Tips for Spring Hawkwatching

15 March 2022
With the warming weather, here at HWI we are getting excited to get outside and see some raptors! We’ve put together a list of a few ways you can be better prepared for your next spring birding trip.    Get Comfortable Getting Outdoors PC Dave Oleyar Although it may be…

Meet the 2022 Crew: Gunsight Mountain HawkWatch

08 March 2022
Today, March 10th marks the start of the 2022 spring migration count at the Gunsight Mountain HawkWatch in Alaska! A partnership between HWI and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Gunsight Mountain HawkWatch season runs through May 15th and is the northernmost count site in North America. This…

Volunteer Spotlight: Mac Kincaid

23 February 2022
How long have you been volunteering with HawkWatch International?  I started training as a docent in the summer of 2016. How did you get started volunteering with HWI? I happened to meet a couple of docents who were at an event with Kotori and Aymara, and I was psyched out…

Are Drones a Threat to Raptors?

23 February 2022
Lately, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions asking about the possible impact of drones on raptors. Dr. Steve Slater, our Conservation Science Director, and confessed drone enthusiast has provided his take below. The answer to whether or not drones are a threat to raptors is not a simple one.…

Mid-project Update from the 2021 Global Raptor Research and Conservation Grant Recipients

17 February 2022
We recently announced the winners of our 2022 Global Raptor Research and Conservation Grant and were able to award 4 scientists with funding for their projects. But what are our 2021 recipients up to? Keep reading to hear what Himani, Veronica, and Ana have accomplished as they reach the midpoint…

As vulture numbers decline, feral dog numbers grow, posing risk to ecosystem and human health, new study finds

11 February 2022
February 14th, 2022 - It is well established that populations of vultures are declining dramatically around the world. But the potential consequences of these declines are less known. A new study in East Africa documented the abundance of critically endangered vultures and quantified how much carrion they consumed in urban…

2022 Global Raptor Grant Recipients Receive Funding to Research Never-Studied Raptors

09 February 2022
After receiving over 60 applications to study 34 different raptor species in 26 countries across the globe, four scientists have been selected to receive HawkWatch International (HWI)’s Global Raptor Research and Conservation Grant. Three of this year’s winners will study species for which there are no published studies, including two…

Dr. Evan Buechley Departs; Dr. Megan Murgatroyd Becomes Interim Director of International Programs

04 February 2022
After spending the last five years laying the foundation for the first International Program at HawkWatch International (HWI), Dr. Evan Buechley is departing the organization to pursue the next chapter in his career. Dr. Megan Murgatroyd, International Conservation Biologist, will serve as Interim Director of International Programs.  During his tenure,…

Permit Season

02 February 2022
Written by Melissa Halvorsen, Education and Outreach Director For some, January means resolutions. For those that like to plan ahead, it might mean gathering documents for taxes. At Hawkwatch International (HWI), January is permit season. If you follow HWI you may know that we hold permits that allow us to…