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Beverlybaynes
Wednesday 16th April 2003, 11:08
Raptor lovers will find this interesting:

There an organization out there called the Hawk Migration Organization of North America, or HMANA. Among other things, it collects (and posts) information about hawk migration throughout this part of the world.

The hawkwatches who participate are located, for the most part, east of the Mississippi River. This includes, of course, the grandaddy of them all, Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania.

By going to their website:

www.hmana.org

you can read through their 'stuff' and also sign up for BIRDHAWK, their on-line migration discussion listserv. Reports made by numerous hawkwatches are posted here, and you can receive them via email.

One caution, however: in fall, the number of BIRDHAWK emails can get overwhelming when migration is at its peak.

It is not restricted to eastern North America, though. You can find reports from watches in Texas and Iowa, and occasionally from Central and South America, including the watch for the 'River of Raptors' in Veracruz, Mexico. At peak migration, Veracruz will post the details of the hundreds of thousands raptors that flow through this site on the eastern Mexican coast in the fall, avoiding flight over the Gulf of Mexico. The numbers are truly mind-boggling!!!

An example is a post I received this morning from a watch in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, reporting a Krider's Red-Tailed Hawk -- a beautiful pale phase of that magnificent creature.

While the reports generally are just reporting species and totals on a given day, you can also find comments, discussions, debates, disputes, and occasionally whimsy (one fellow has frequently done a rhyming narrative of his numbers report that quite amusing).

Check it out!