Fall Raptor Count
Raptor counts at Hawk Ridge first began in the
1950's. In 1972 the first standardized count began, and has been
continued each fall.
FALL COUNT NUMBERS
From 1951 through 1971 the hawk count was a part time effort
mostly in September. Coverage varied from 4 to 42 days. Complete and
consistent coverage at Hawk Ridge began in 1972, the first year of
operation of the banding station and of a full time hawk count.
A standardized count of migrating hawks is conducted annually
from mid-August through November (and later, if possible). The results
of the count, one of the two or three highest in the continent, are
published by the Hawk Migration Association of North America,
the Hawk Ridge Annual Report, and are filed with the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.