Planned Gifts

Meet the Members

Julian W. Hill

Julian W. Hill courtesy of Mrs. Hill

Early support or raptor enthusiast Julian Hill made his first visit to the Mountain with Richard Pough during the height of hawk shooting, in autumn 1932. He later described the patter of the shot on the dry leaves in the valley sounding like a tropical deluge. 

“When a hawk came within range, a salvo of at least 20 guns would go off.  A small bird, like a sharpshin, would often disappear in a puff of feathers,’’ he wrote.

Julian Hill would go on to be one of the founding board members of Hawk Mountain, and after his death, the Hill family established an endowment in his name to create and sustain the Julian W. Hill Library and Archives. Today this impressive library isone of the largest collections of raptor literature anywhere in the world and is housed at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning.

Mary Emma Dean

Mary Emma Dean and Bob Goulet

"I respect and admire what Hawk Mountain has done throughout the decades. It has become a hallmark of the conservation world."
    --Mary Emma Dean

Mary Emma Dean and Bob Goulet are birders who bonded after both had launched careers on the California coast. Now married more than 30 years, the two have since migrated back east and settled near the Sanctuary. 

Mary Emma loves art, traveling and has visited Veracruz on two Hawk Mountain eco-tours. Bob greets incoming groups at the Visitor Center and loves spending time with his grandchildren. The two always attend the annual Benefit for Birds, and at home, they keep their feeders full.

Mary Emma made the caring decision to include Hawk Mountain in her estate plans, and recently, she adjusted her trust to be certain she is part of the Rosalie Edge Society.

"Broadwing Charlie" Gant

Charlie at South Lookout

Charlie Gant remembers his first visit to Hawk Mountain on September 17, 1937, when he was just 17 years old. He enjoyed watching the hawks so much that he began making an annual pilgrimage each autumn, traveling from his home on Maryland’s eastern shore. 

Later, he and his wife Jimmie became close friends with Maurice and Irma Broun, and by luck, he was here September 14, 1978, to witness the amazing "Miracle Day" when 21,000 broad-winged hawks streamed overhead. Every year thereafter, you could find Charlie on the Lookout during broadwing season.

“For some time, Jimmie and I had been looking for way for a way to express our feelings about the Mountain and we found such a way through a Charitable Remainder Trust," says Charlie.

"The trust will pay us an income for our lives and later, the remaining principal will pass to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary upon our deaths. The tax savings that we realized from making this gift increased our annual income. With the extra money, we were then able to purchase a life insurance policy that will provide an inheritance for our children. It surprised us that we could buy the policy in our 70s at an affordable price but we could.”

By careful planning, Charlie and Jimmie Gant were able to lock in a gift for the hawks and the Mountain that have given them a lifetime of good memories and good friends. 

Cozen O'Connor