Hawk Migration Association of North America


Take Part This Spring! Any Time During March 1 — May 31, 2021

Make Your Impact

Be Part Of A Continental Effort To Support Raptor Conservation, Monitoring Programs And Your Local Watch Site

HMANA’s Spring Raptorthon: March 1-May 31, 2021

The purpose of Raptorthon is simple: get outside and have fun birding while raising funds on behalf of raptor monitoring throughout North America!

Like a Bird-a-thon effort, Raptorthon is a sponsored bird count, just focused on raptors. The aim is to see the most significant number of raptor species (and, optionally, all other bird species) in a 24-hour-period.

Participation is Easy 

Choose one day to count, register with HMANA, find sponsors to pledge support for your Raptorthon, find as many species as possible, collect your pledges, and report your results!

Support your Local Watch Site

All funds raised support raptor monitoring, but you decide how it is distributed!

  1. Donate 50% of all you raise to a hawk watch site and 50% to HMANA to support its raptor conservation efforts;
  2. Donate 25% to another conservation organization of your choice and 75% to HMANA;
  3. Donate 100% to HMANA programs.


Hawk Watch Fund

HMANA’s Hawk Watch Fund grant program grows every year because of Raptorthon. We dedicate 25% of what is donated to HMANA during Raptorthon to the Fund, developing our annual grant program supporting education and research efforts at watch sites throughout the Americas.

Thanks to Raptorthon, we are offered $2,600 in grants in 2020

Support Raptorthon—sponsor a team with a pledge or host your event. Either way, you directly strengthen the raptor monitoring community. We are incredibly grateful for all who have participated in or donated to Raptorthon over the years. Together, we have made a tangible impact in supporting our international monitoring network, raising over $77,000 for watch sites and HMANA programs, and enjoying a lot of fun days of birding!

COVID-19 Statement:

The committee recognizes this year is different due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We also understand some past participants may not feel comfortable performing this season. With Raptorthon, you have the freedom to create your event wherever you are comfortable! Stay in your yard or neighborhood, plan a road trip to a beach, or choose a park or sanctuary that allows for social distancing. Raptorthon can be done solo, with your family members, or with friends. Spend time outside in a way that makes you feel safe!


Like Bird-a-thon, Raptorthon is a sponsored bird count but is focused on raptors. It’s a fun event organized by The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) in which you ask people for a pledge to sponsor you for a day searching for as many raptor species (and optionally other species) as possible.

All money raised supports raptor monitoring, but you decide how it’s distributed. You have the choice to donate 50% of the money you submit to a hawk watch organization and 50% to HMANA to support its HawkCount database, Raptor Population Index project, and raptor conservation efforts. Or you can choose to donate 25% to another conservation organization of your choice and 75% to HMANA, or you can donate 100% to HMANA. HMANA’s proceeds above the standard 50% will be allocated to our new HawkWatchFund to support hawk watching throughout North and Central America.

You don’t need to be an experienced hawk watcher. The purpose of the Raptorthon is to get outside, have fun for the day, search for raptors and other birds, and raise money to support raptors. To benefit from others’ experience, form your team or contact your local hawk watching site for information about joining a group. Or go it alone and do your best!

No, this is totally up to you! You may choose to count the number of raptor species you see or hear in one day (including owls and shrikes), or you may choose to calculate all bird species you see in one day. Or you can count both!

Spring Raptorthon is for any 24-hour-period between March 1-May 31. Look for raptors and other birds for any number of hours up to 24! You decide the time and date for your Raptorthon. Just remember to fill in the date on your registration form.

No! You can be anywhere at all when you do your Raptorthon. Count from your backyard or tour the local hawk watches and birding hotspots. Visit a beach or a park near you.

You can register online (click the Register button above) or use the printable registration form in the Raptorthon Forms section. Complete the form and email or mail it to Julie Brown, 151 Antrim Rd, Hancock, NH 03449.

In addition to the Registration Form, you’ll need the Pledge Coupon to solicit pledges. You will send this form to your potential sponsors for their commitments. “How to Find Sponsors” contains helpful tips in reaching out to sponsors. Next, you will need the Sponsor List to track your sponsors’ donations, which will later be mailed to HMANA with checks. All forms are available in the Raptorthon Forms tab.

Support All 2021 Raptorthons

Use the following forms to help drive Raptorthon Participation!

Raptorthon Timeline