Hawk Mountain is the first refuge for birds of prey and home to the first acts of raptor conservation. From the start, founder Rosalie Edge, first curator Maurice Broun, and first gatekeeper Irma Broun, built a community around Hawk Mountain that was vital to its success. With support from the local region to eventually international collaborations, it is clear that Hawk Mountain is at the heart of global raptor conservation, and has been for over 85 years.