Endangered vulture mortality highest in southeastern Europe, largely from human-causes

30 March 2021
March 31, 2021—Declines in migrant bird populations in Europe and North America have often been suggested to be caused by threats in the Global South. However, new research from a multi-continent study tracking the movements of the Egyptian Vulture indicates that the opposite is true. More Egyptian Vultures are dying…

AK! We're back at Gunsight Mountain!

18 March 2021
We’re excited to announce that migration is on once again this spring at the Gunsight Mountain HawkWatch in Alaska—North America’s northernmost migration monitoring site! This valley count is known for large Red-tailed Hawk and  Golden Eagles counts, but also sees good flights of Rough-legged Hawks. and Northern Harriers. These 4 species comprise nearly 80% of the…

Hawk Shooting Near HWI Headquarters

18 March 2021
Despite HWI’s 35 years of working to conserve raptors and our shared environments, persecution and even outright hostility towards raptors in many areas across the globe remains a significant threat today. These threats stem from misperceptions about raptors as competitors and/or threats to human endeavors, whether that be our backyard…

Spring Nesting Tips

11 March 2021
Spring is almost here, friends! Even if there is snow on the ground where you live, rest assured that baby birds aren’t far away. In Utah, our average laying date for a Golden Eagle is March 1st! That was almost two weeks ago now!  With that in mind, we wanted…

Announcing the Inaugural Winners of the Global Raptor Research and Conservation Grant

10 February 2021
In September 2020, we announced a new HWI-funded grant initiative to invest in 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 diversity and inclusivity, all while building local capacity for conservation.…

Celebrating 35 years of Unmatched Scientific Excellence

26 January 2021
Dear friends, Your commitment to raptor conservation has led us to this exciting announcement: It’s HawkWatch International’s 35th Anniversary! It’s incredible to reflect on Steve Hoffman’s vision, and how his passion for raptors evolved into an organization that has contributed over 35 years of unmatched migratory raptor data collection, raptor…

Transitions: Farewell to Eric Chabot

14 January 2021
I still remember the first time we hired Eric Chabot as a “seasonal” field biologist, back in March 2012, to help on a Golden Eagle nest monitoring project in Utah’s West Desert. That first time we hired Eric stands out in my mind because Eric wasn’t your traditional seasonal. He…

Win-win for wind energy and eagles

06 January 2021
While the rapid uptake of wind energy across the globe offers hope of a transition toward sustainability, this same energy can also present a real threat to soaring birds of prey. Now a new tool offers hope of a win-win solution, allowing developers to rapidly identify the best locations for…

Martial Eagle Officially Classified as Endangered

17 December 2020
Earlier this year, BirdLife International’s Red List team set about requesting information on a handful of threatened raptors whose populations appeared to be in decline. Amongst them was Africa’s largest eagle, the Martial Eagle. The aim was to gather the most recent information from researchers across the species range to…