HWI's Raptor Migration Projects

As raptors migrate in the fall toward wintering grounds and in the spring toward their nesting territory, they exert a tremendous amount of energy, oftentimes covering thousands of miles within a matter of weeks. They navigate numerous borders and habitats and face multiple threats along the way. For scientists, migration serves as the most efficient time to keep tabs on overall population numbers and see if a particular species may be in peril. To this end, HWI has been conducting raptor migration reserach in the west for more than 30 years, utilizing our long-term data to work with wildlife managers on conservation plans.

All of our research sites are open to the public and provide opportunites to learn from our field crew about migration ecology and raptor identification. We welcome and encourage you to visit one of our sites and participate in magnificent show that is raptor migration!

>>Click here to view our Counting and Banding Totals.
>>Click here to view our Migration Reports by site.



1. Chelan Ridge, Washington
August 23 to October 27, 2013
August 28 to October 31, 2013
3. Bridger Mountains, Montana

Operated by HWI partner, Montana Audubon
September 5 to October 31, 2013

4. Commissary Ridge, Wyoming August 27 to November 5, 2013
5. Goshute Mountains, Nevada August 15 to November 5, 2013
6. Wellsville Mountains, Utah Not operating*
7. Grand Canyon -Lipan Point, Arizona Not operating*
8. Grand Canyon -Yaki Point, Arizona August 27 to November 5, 2013
9. Manzano Mountains, New Mexico
August 27 to November 5, 2013
Reopened for public visitation as of July 2013.
10. Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

Not operating*, open to the public for spring raptor migration visits

11. Smith Point, Texas
Operated by HWI partner, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
August 14 to November 15

12. Corpus Christi, Texas

August 14 to November 15
13. Veracruz, Mexico
Operated by HWI partner, Pronatura Veracruz
August 20 to November 20
Previous HawkWatch International migration projects now operated by our partners:
Due to personnel and funding constraints, the following migration projects are either temporarily or permanently discontinued:


HWI Professional Services

Upcoming Events
2014 HMANA Conference
Fri Apr 25
iSEE at Lehi Junior High School
Fri Apr 25 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
Parade of Raptors at Southland Elementary School
Fri Apr 25 @ 1:30PM - 02:30PM
2014 HMANA Conference
Sat Apr 26
Flammulated Owl Field Trip (Mantua, UT)
Sat Apr 26 @ 8:00AM - 02:00PM
Birds in the Lab!
Sat Apr 26 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
2014 HMANA Conference
Sun Apr 27