Field Site Interpretation

fieldsite1Experience the beauty of raptors, first-hand.

Several of our migration projects have on-site interpreters who can help you better understand the "why's" and "how's" of migration. Interpreters are generally available six days per week throughout the monitoring season.

If you have a group that would like to visit for educational purposes, we can help organize your trip around your learning objectives, and help you choose dates when you will get personal attention. Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for specific information about scheduling a field trip.

For information about how you can use HawkWatch International migration sites as a learning resource, including dates, directions, and location, please go to our migration site page.

fieldsite2Projects 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, then you can ask the educator to record the band number. If you so choose you can sponsor the hawk you just released through our Adopt-a-Hawk program.

What to bring to the research sites:

  • Water (water is not available to visitors at our research sites and some sites require a long hike before reaching the migration site)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Binoculars/Optics
  • Lunch or snack food (no food is available to visitors at the research sites)
  • Extra layers of clothing (some of our research 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 the research site.


HWI Professional Services

Upcoming Events
Raptor Presentation at the Weber County Water Festival
Thu Apr 17 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
Thu Apr 17 @ 8:00AM -
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
Fri Apr 18 @ 8:00AM -
Earth Day Celebration at Snow College
Fri Apr 18 @10:00AM - 02:00PM
iSEE at Providence Hall
Fri Apr 18 @12:00PM -
Parade of Raptors at Southland Elementary School
Fri Apr 18 @ 1:30PM - 02:30PM
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
Sat Apr 19 @ 8:00AM -