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Identifying Raptors

May 23, 2020

The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) was founded in 1974 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the State of New York.

Link to the HMANA website New To Hawkwatching page.

HMANA’s mission is “To advance the scientific knowledge and promote conservation of raptor populations through study, enjoyment, and appreciation of raptor migration.”


  • Collects hawk count data from almost two hundred affiliated raptor monitoring sites throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico
  • Publishes the semi-annual journal Hawk Migration Studies, which includes seasonal reports on the migration and more
  • Provides HawkCount, a near-real-time international database of hawk counts across the continent
  • Maintains BIRDHAWK, a subscription-based email list
  • Is a driving force behind the Raptor Population Index (RPI), to promote scientific analysis of hawk count data

Contact HMANA at:
28916 Millbrook Rd
Farmington Hills MI  48334

They have a handy Hawk Silhouette Guide, pictured below, useful when doing hawk watches.
You can print or download this guide from the PDF file on our blog.

On the HMANA website, they have various products, including:

If you find yourself especially attracted to eagles, hawks, kites, falcons or nature’s aerial cleanup crew, vultures, as many people are, they would love you to join. If you donate to them, you’re automatically a member.
[Chuck Almdale]

HMANA Hawk ID page 1

HMANA Hawk ID page 2

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