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.
As a new member of the Texas Master Naturalist in fall of 2005, I came across the HWI website. I realized they did hawkwatches at the Texas coast. I was so impressed with their mission and goals, that every year since then our Alamo Area Chapter of the TMN approves an activity to go learn and assist the counters. It is so popular with our volunteers that many stay for 2 - 3 days, learning and assisting the official counters. When they return to San Antonio with stories of seeing over 20,000 raptors at one time, that only inspires more members to understand the importance of protecting this species and their habitats.
I participated in a field trip to HWI's Goshute Mountain Raptor Migration Site. It was a strenuous hike, but definitely worth it. The crew were extremely dedicated and knowledgeable, they took the time to show how everything works at the site, from observation and counting to banding and releasing. It was a once in a lifetime experience.