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Hawkwatch International, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Bird Sanctuaries, Environment, Environmental Education, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

Hawkwatch International employees and volunteers maintain observation sites for raptors during peak migration months. One site is in the Goshute Nevada mountains and provides a breathtaking view of the organization's work. By gathering years of data about migrating raptors who depend on the integrety of environments over thousands of miles of migration, Hawkwatch International has developed a data base that is a remarkable window into the health of our world. Important decisions such as development of wind power may be guided by this information for better outcomes for our raptors and their habitat.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Great group of people, highly engaged with passion for the work they do. That passion makes the work easier and more fulfilling.


Board Member

Rating: 4

I was a a volunteer for HawkWatch (HWI) over twenty years ago and continued to follow the organization after I no longer volunteer on a regular basis. I was a member for part of that time. When I had the opportunity to serve HWI again as a board member, I was excited to reconnect with the organization. The best part of HWI is the passion for birds of prey and for environmental protection that is shared by staff, volunteers, and supporters alike. In the last three years HWI has honed its mission and has begun to take what it knows about birds of prey and apply not only to their conservation and but also to the conservation of the ecosystems in which they reside. Based on current leadership, staff composition, and a board that is more engaged than it has historically been, I see a very bright future for the organization.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have always loved raptors, and it is my pleasure to be a part of this organization. I offer the board expertise in fundraising, and i have planned my first house party in May. I find the staff honest, experienced and professional. Hawkwatch is also fiscally responsible which is very important.