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Review for Hawks Aloft Inc, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Hawks Aloft since 2007, when I was lucky enough to be hired for a seasonal job doing field work. I have been a volunteer ever since my temporary job ended. In my work with Hawks Aloft, I've gotten to experience many of the things they do: songbird surveys, raptor nesting surveys, raptor rescue and education. I have been impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers and the quality of services provided. The data from surveys done over a period of years shows trends in bird populations over time and as changes are made to the environment, so this is very valuable data. Hawks Aloft also performs a valuable role in helping to rescue injured raptors, providing transportation so birds can be brought to a qualified rehabilitator and receive veterinary care. They also work to protect nesting birds.

Hawks Aloft has an excellent education program. They bring birds into classrooms and teach students about the birds and about nature. It's vital that we educate our children to value nature and wildlife, and when children see a live raptor up close, it makes a big impression. It's so much fun to see the children's excitement when a bird is brought out of its travel box. After seeing the bird, the children participate in activities and games that teach them about ecology and nature. For the schools that participate in the Living With the Landscape program, children also participate in a conservation project. Without opportunities like this, many of these children would not have little if any exposure to nature.

Hawks Aloft also brings birds to events such as the Crane Festival, the Lavender Festival, evening programs at schools and many of the events held at Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge, providing education to many adults and children. I often participate in these events, and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with others. Many people have questions about raptors they see near their houses, and we help them figure out what raptor is visiting them (usually but not always a Cooper's Hawk).

I am proud to be a part of Hawks Aloft. I believe they are doing important work, and I support them with my time and with donations.

Role:  Volunteer