Meet the 2021 Crew: Commissary Ridge

02 September 2021
This past week two HWI staff members, Jordan Herman and Steve Slater, along with Steve’s son Forest, helped the Commissary crew set up camp for the fall season. The morning of the 26th, staff and crew met up in Kemmerer to set up the PO Box and gather some food…

Meet the 2021 Crew: Goshute Mountains

01 September 2021
The Goshute Mountain migration crew is now on their third week of counting for the season. But in order to get started, the crew first had to go through a grueling hike up 9000 feet above sea level—all while carrying the essentials on their back. Once at the top, their…

Meet Iza

06 August 2021
At HawkWatch International (HWI), we usually start our education program with a question: how would you describe our ecosystem? Without skipping a beat, the first answers are often people, houses, concrete, and cars. To many students, human development is ubiquitous with the great outdoors. Green grass, shimmering lakes, and towering…

Closing the Ability Gap

05 August 2021
No two students learn the same, which means there is no one size fits all way of teaching. “It can be challenging for students to conform to rigid school standards, and as a result, some end up falling behind,” said HWI Educator Chris Butler. Students on the autism spectrum and…

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…