Spring has arrived and we’re happy to be back counting all the migrating birds at the West Skyline Spring Count here in Duluth, MN! One of the ongoing events to mark this welcome the spring migration is the annual Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) Raptorthon. The goal of the Raptorthon is to count the maximum number of raptor species within a 24-hour period of time. The proceeds raised are split between the participant’s hawkwatch site of choice and HMANA.
Hawk Ridge has been monitoring the fall bird migration since the 1950’s, but did you know that the West Skyline Hawk Count Site ranks as one of the top in the US for numbers and diversity of raptors during the spring migration? An average of 26,000 raptors of 16 species is counted each spring. This includes a record-breaking season total of 7,727 Bald Eagles counted, as well as a world record 1-day high count of 1,076 Bald Eagles on March 21st, 2019!
April is perhaps the best time to see the wide variety and ages of raptors travelling through on their way north. We invite you to join Frank & the Hawk Ridge Spring Counters on the Raptorthon count day (Saturday, April 17th) and learn from one of America’s well-known birding experts! The 2021 Raptorthon will also be taking place during our Spring Migration Weekend Workshop. For more information on how to register for this full event or any of the field trips/sessions a la carte, please click HERE (note: space is limited, so be sure to register today!)
To sponsor Frank & his team, on behalf of Hawk Ridge & HMANA, please make your pledge by visiting: https://www.hmana.org/raptorthon/ and clicking on Frank’s team. Again, 50% of your contribution will support HMANA, and 50% for Hawk Ridge, so join us and see if we can gain top ranking for species diversity in North America! Results of the Raptorthon are published each year in the Hawk Migration Studies Journal.
We thank you in advance for helping us raise money to support both Hawk Ridge & HMANA’s efforts in raptor conservation, monitoring and research programs!