Thursday, May 3, 2018

2018 HMANA Conference - 12-14 Oct 2018

Announcing the Hawk Migration Association of North America’s 2018 Conference!
Soaring Toward the Future: New Challenges in Raptor Migration
October 12-14, 2018

Conference Keynote Speakers
Kate Davis, author and founder of the nonprofit Raptors of the Rockies, is our opening Keynote speaker. She will talk about her 30 years as a raptor educator at schools throughout the West. Todd Katzner, research biologist, will be our Saturday evening keynote speaker. He will talk about his research with Eastern Golden Eagles and how little was known about their migration ecology.

Field trips are planned to the Detroit River Hawkwatch, Holiday Beach Bird Observatory, Marshlands Museum, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge visitor’s centre, and more! Final program and registration details will be available soon on

The Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) is actively seeking program proposals for our 15th conference, “Soaring Toward the Future: New Challenges in Raptor Migration,” especially on these topics of special interest, including:

Raptor population treads
Possible shifts in migration patterns: routes and timing
Raptor telemetry and technological advances
Conservation issues and threats facing raptors
Education initiatives, including young hawkwatchers
Challenges to sustaining and maintaining hawkwatch sites
Weather patterns and migration in a changing climate
Advances in raptor identification in the field
Raptor photography

Key Dates
The deadline to submit a proposal is June 1st. You will be notified by June 11,2018 if your proposal is chosen.

Submission Requirements
In no more than 150 words, please summarize and describe your presentation and indicate how it fits within the topics of special interested noted above. If your proposal covers topics other than these, please describe why you think it should be selected. If selected, this description will be included in the conference program. Please describe the technical or audio/visual needs for your presentation as well as its proposed length. We anticipate that most presentations will brought to conference on flash drives that will be loaded onto a PC laptop.

Send your submission or direct any questions to For all general inquiries, please contact:

HMANA’s Mission
Since 1974 HMANA has promoted and studied migratory patterns and behaviour of diurnal birds of prey. HMANA has set the standard for recording species data;, a robust raptor monitoring database, and partnered in analyzing count data to interpret raptor population treads with the Raptor Population Index (RPI). Now our network of over 200 hawkwatches across North America is more timely than ever before as field birders, research scientists, banders and the hawkwatching public face serious challenges to our work from urbanization, climate and migratory changes and lack of nature awareness. Please visit to learn more about our work, and we hope you will join us in Detroit in October.

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