Hawk Mountain's Legacy Expands Westward: 40 Years of Raptor Migration Studies in the Western U.S.

May 12, 2018

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Visitor Center Gallery

2018 Spring Lecture

Photo by Thom Bridge, Independent Record


While attending Albright College (in Reading, PA) Steve became totally hooked on watching migrating raptors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Steve then moved west to Utah to attend graduate school. Here, in the late 1970s, he launched his pioneering raptor migration studies. Steve later expanded this work to encompass much of the Rocky Mountain West and beyond, and in 1986, Steve founded HawkWatch International (HWI), a raptor research and conservation nonprofit.

From HWI’s modest beginnings to more recent work much has been learned about raptor migration ecology in the western U.S. Steve’s presentation will summarize key findings, including migratory routes, current population health and long-term trends, how raptor migration behavior in eastern and western North America compare, and much more. The public is invited to join Steve to learn about this fascinating work to investigate, for the first time, raptor migration ecology in the western U.S.

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