Mission: HawkWatch International''s mission is to conserve the environment through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health.
Geographic areas served: Western & Gulf Coast Regions of North America
Programs: A. Organizational Focus1. Long-term monitoring of raptors is a fundamental aspect of HWI.2. HWI relies upon data collected through monitoring and research to educate others about raptors, ecosystems, and their connection to conservation practices in our communities.3. HWI provides scientific information relevant to conservation decisions.B. Organizational Practices1. We conduct our work with professionalism, integrity, transparency, and accountability2. We collaborate with academics, other NGO?s, and governmental agencies3. We work internally to communicate needs, concerns, and better understanding among all departments and entities.
Intrigued with the hawk banding operation I witnessed during an Audubon fieldtrip in about 1982, I went back to volunteer the rest of that season, the full season the following year, and helped set up the next. I went back to school the next year and lost contact, but in 2006 was invited to become a board member.
During my three year term I saw how the organization had grown from "peanuts" to an internationally recognized research organization and helped select a new executive director who helped clarify the organizations mission and direct the focus of the departments into unified themes.
Thanks to Hawk Watch International I am able to dail in to the outdoors when it comes to identifying Raptors. When fly fishing as a guide on the rivers I am able to bring to those I am guiding a greater understanding of Raptors and there role in understanding the world in which we live.
Words cannot adequately express my thanks for HWI and their gifts freely given. Most excellent people and educators. Retired Airline Captain, Gerald L. Puckett