Field Site Interpretation

Visit one of our migration sites and experience the beauty of raptor migration first-hand. All of our sites offer education interpreters who will help you better understand the "why" and "how" of migration ecology, and expand your raptor identification skills as you hawkwatch with our field crew.

If you have a group that would like to visit a migration site for educational purposes, let us help organize your trip around your learning objectives and choose dates when you will get personal attention. Contact us for specific information about scheduling a field trip.

Click here for a list of our migration sites, directions, maps, etc. Projects that include trapping/banding operations offer the additional experience of seeing recently-banded raptors up-close. Visitors may also have the opportunity to release the bird, when appropriate. Returning a wild raptor to its migratory journey is an experience that is difficult to describe or match.

If you have the opportunity to release a hawk, you can ask the educator to record the band number so that you can "sponsor" the raptor you just released through our Adopt-a-Hawk program.


What to bring to the research sites:

  • Water (water is not available at our migration sites and some require a long hike before reaching the site)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Binoculars/Optics
  • Lunch or snack food (no food is available at our migration sites)
  • Extra layers of clothing (some of our sites are up on high peaks and it may be very cold and windy at the top while it was hot and calm at the start of the hike, come prepared for quickly changing weather conditions)
  • Camera
  • Due to the nature of the sensitive research being conducted, dogs are not allowed at our migration sites.