M&T Charitable Foundation Continues to Sponsor Raptors Up Close at Hawk Mountain

Posted on October 06, 2023 in Giving

Representatives from M&T Bank meet a screech owl and its handler, Director of Education Jamie Dawson during a recent visit to learn about their Hawk Mountain sponsorship. Pictured with Dawson are, from left, John Jablowski, Alex Larracuente, Jeff O’Neill, Bryan Geiger, Hawk Mountain President Sean Grace, with Ginny Giamarino and Steph Jepko-Menapace holding sign.

M&T Bank has awarded Hawk Mountain Sanctuary a $5,000 grant from the M&T Charitable Foundation to support the world-famous Sanctuary and its premier weekend program, the signature audience-attracter, Raptors Up Close!. All weekend programs are offered Saturdays and Sundays, September through November and again during spring migration, April 1 through mid-May.

“M&T Bank is honored to extend our partnership with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary that began more than two decades ago,” said Phil Johnson, Regional President for M&T Bank.

“Committed to the well-being of our communities, M&T understands the importance of the wildlife observation, research, and education the Sanctuary provides. In removing financial barriers, our partnership promotes free outdoor experiences that enhance social, mental, and emotional health for all who visit these local landmarks.”

The popular Raptors Up Close program is accompanied by other weekend programs that focus on raptor identification and trapping and tracking birds, all presented when fall foliage and large numbers of migrating hawks, eagles, and falcons draw thousands of visitors from across the state and beyond.

“Thanks to support from the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, people enjoyed high-quality programming in a safe outdoor setting, and have the chance to connect with Nature at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. We are grateful,” says Director of Development Mary Linkevich.

“M&T Bank helps Hawk Mountain attract new visitors and allows us to provide a high-quality outdoor recreation and learning opportunity for residents. It’s fun, free, educational, and supports the local economy—it’s a win-win,” Linkevich adds.

The M&T Charitable Foundation strives to strengthen our communities by providing support for a diverse range of civic, cultural, health and human service organizations through grants, employee volunteerism and in-kind services.