HWI Welcomes our New Executive Director

09 July 2019
HawkWatch International staff, board and volunteers are thrilled to welcome Nikki Wayment as the new Executive Director. Paul Parker previously headed the organization until his retirement in June. Nikki has spent more than a decade working with HWI and has taught countless children and community members throughout the western U.S. about…

Solving Scavenger Mysteries with Animal Planet

04 June 2019
International Programs Director Evan Buechley, PhD, wasn't expecting to make history when he ventured into Utah's Great Basin Desert to study scavenger ecology. Evan placed a calf carcass in the desert to attract scavengers, but when he returned the carcass had seemingly vanished. After ruling out coyotes and Turkey Vultures,…

American Kestrel Study Update

29 May 2019
More than 70 citizen scientists, including students from the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, are monitoring 435 nest boxes along the Wasatch Front in Northern Utah. As of May 28, we have American Kestrels using 90+ boxes, 80 of these have eggs, with over half of these incubating complete…

The RunOut Podcast with Eric Chabot

10 May 2019
HWI Research Associate Eric Chabot recently stopped by The RunOut Podcast to chat about raptor nesting, why nesting closures happen in climbing areas and how land managers make decisions. Click here to listen to the full episode   "Spring is here and love is in the air. In the case of…

Jerry Liguori Receives HWI Lifetime Achievement Award

09 May 2019
HawkWatch International (HWI) is proud to honor author, photographer and raptor biologist Jerry Liguori with the HWI Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his commitment to raptor research, education and conservation. Jerry started hawk watching in his home state of New Jersey in the 1980’s beginning a 30+ year career as a…

HWI featured in Living Bird Magazine

12 April 2019
HawkWatch International Research Biologist Jesse Watson is featured in "America’s Smallest Falcon is Getting Smaller," from the Spring 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. The article dives into the habitat loss of America's smallest falcon -- the Kestrel -- and new research that suggests this fierce raptor's body is shrinking.…

Executive Director Announces Retirement

04 April 2019
After more than five years with HawkWatch International (HWI), Executive Director Paul Parker will retire at the end of June 2019. During his time with HWI, Paul has helped the organization continue as a leader in raptor conservation. His impact has allowed HWI to grow its work and partnerships with national organizations and…

HWI Featured on Great Big Story

27 October 2018
Great Big Story just launched a new series with Wes Larson titled "Mission Wild," featuring HawkWatch International in episode 3. We are thrilled to have worked with Wes Larson and the Great Big Story crew on this episode featuring our raptor migration research, and even more thrilled to have been…

Sky Migrations Now Available

24 October 2018
The award-winning short film Sky Migations has been featured in the REI Co-op Journal and is now available for public viewing on the REI Co-op Cinema. Special thanks to directors Max Lowe and Forest Woodard, and ecologist and storyteller Charles Post for making this documentary possible. Following the movement of…

Hawkwatching with Manzanos Alum

12 October 2018
Text and photos by Victoria Thorpe, Manzano Mountains HawkWatch crew member The Manzano Mountain HawkWatch was the place to be last weekend. We had our biggest visitor days yet with 26 visitors Saturday and 25 on Sunday. The visitors were composed of former HawkWatch counters, regular visitors, friends and family…