2018 HMANA Conference

Hawk Migration Association of North America Conference, Soaring Toward the Future: New Challenges in Raptor Migration – October 12-14, 2018, Detroit Metro Airport Marriott, MI

Register before August 31 to take advantage of early-bird rates!

Book your hotel room at the conference venue by September 20 to take advantage of discounted conference rates!

A stellar lineup of speakers and presenters includes two keynote presenters:

Kate Davis opens the conference with her keynote presentation on the 1700 live-bird programs she’s held over 30 years with Raptors of the Rockies (http://www.raptorsoftherockies.org/

Todd Katzner is the Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist with the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Boise, ID, and will present his Golden Eagle research during our Saturday night banquet.

Featured speakers include:

Rob Bierregaard is director of National Audubon’s Hog Island Nature Camp’s “Raptor Rapture” session. His work focuses on Ospreys in New England and includes radio-tracking and long-term monitory of their populations. His presentation will focus on satellite studies of juvenile and adult Osprey migration between North and South America.

 David M. Bird recently retired as an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology and Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Bird has published almost 200 peer-reviewed papers and no less than 10 books. He will educate and entertain with two presentations, one on how drones can be useful for raptor research and management and one on the American Kestrel.

 Bill Clark is the Chairman of Raptours’ Board of Advisors, for which he leads or co-leads raptor tours abroad, and board member of several national and international raptor institutes and foundations. He has published more than 140 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings and is the author or co-author of several raptor field guides. Bill will enlighten us with several presentations on topics ranging from Harlan’s Hawks to unusual plumage, to the worldwide phenomena of raptor migration.

The full program—available here—explores a variety of emerging hawkwatching topics, including:

  • Raptor population trends
  • Possible shifts in migration patterns (routes and timing)
  • Raptor telemetry and technological advances
  • Conservation issues and threats facing raptors
  • Education initiatives—including young hawkwatchers
  • Weather patterns and migration in a changing climate
  • Advances in raptor identification in the field
  • Raptor photography

Field Trips

Detroit River Hawk Watch – HMANA is happy to feature DRHW, one of North America’s premier hawk watch sites with hundreds of thousands of migrating raptors each fall, just 22 miles from the conference! Shuttle service will be available.

Holiday Beach Migration Observatory will host a pre-conference field trip with hawkwatching and a winery tour/tasting in Canada.

We look forward to seeing you in October!