Raptors around the world are facing threats from a number of sources. In fact, raptors are some of the most threatened birds in the world. But what threats are they facing, especially as our climate continues to change?
For years, this question was difficult to answer. What we knew about raptors, where they traveled and what threats they faced, came from hours of direct observation. When the raptors were gone, so too was the research.
Luckily, technology has given us a solution. We can now track the movement of raptors with small GPS-enabled transmitters, and the results have huge implications for conservation. For just $120 a month, you can be a part of cutting-edge research into the survival and movement of at-risk species of raptors across the globe.
Conserving At-Risk Species
Satellite telemetry has the power to not just uncover the answers to scientific questions; it can also be applied to conserve species of birds that are directly at risk of extinction.
With your support, we’ve used tracking data to build a model to determine the likelihood that a new wind energy development could pose risks to Verreaux’s Eagles. The model has already been used to assess nearly 30 planned wind developments in South Africa to bring clean energy to market, without harming raptors. With your sponsorship, you’ll help us build new models for Martial Eagles and Black Harriers—both of which are currently endangered.
When you sponsor a HawkWatch International bird that is being studied with a GPS transmitter, you’ll receive a one-time physical package that includes:
After that, you’ll receive regular updates from our team of scientists. The updates will be emailed to you, quarterly, and will include a map that shows your bird’s movements over the last quarter and any updates we have on what they are doing.
We currently only have international species available to sponsor. At this time, we have the following species available:
Martial Eagles (South Africa) Black Harriers (South Africa)
In the future, we hope to be able to offer Tawny Eagles, Lappet-faced Vultures, and more. To sign up for our transmitter sponsorship waitlist, please click here. You’ll be the first to know when new birds become available for sponsorship.