Hawks Aloft, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization incorporated in 1994 and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We work to conserve indigenous wild birds and their habitats through avian research, conservation education, and cooperation with other organizations.
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Who We Are
Click here to help support our non-releasable raptors through our Adopt-a-Raptor program. Hawks Aloft houses and cares for 25 permanently disabled raptors (and one corvid!). Our Avian Ambassadors travel all around the Southwest helping us to educate the public about how to help protect these beautiful animals. We provide them with top-quality housing, food, and medical care for their entire lives. It costs Hawks Aloft about $2000 a month just to keep our birds fed. By adopting a raptor, you will help us cover the cost of food, home improvements, and veterinary care for one of our disabled raptors. Prices range from $35-$100 depending on the size and needs of our different bird species.
Transportation is always an issue for a non-profit organization. We desperately need new wheels so our educators can travel safely to students throughout the state and so our field crews can reach the far away places where our studies take place.
Recently, we received a new-to-us Explorer from PNM. Thank you, PNM, for your continued support of our work!
A huge thank you to PNM for our new-to-us vehicle.
We are continuing to raise funds so we can buy a minivan to use for Avian Rescues, Youth Education, and Bird Research. Everything helps! Please consider making a donation to Hawks Aloft. Thank you!
We focus on five main areas to achieve our goals:
We had our humble beginnings in Gail’s kitchen back in February of 1994. We’ve come a long way since then, expanding in all aspects of our organization—from research areas to school programs and partner corporations to wildlife rehabilitation. Then, as now, Hawks Aloft could not have done it without your support. Thank you!
Hawks Aloft members watch birds on our 2015 field trip to Costa Rica
We employ a team of dedicated professionals that are motivated to be part of a conservation organization that makes a difference in New Mexico and the southwest. Our project managers are experts in their field and are supported by a team of qualified and experienced field assistants and administrative personnel. The team at Hawks Aloft includes:
Avian and wildlife biologists
Our Raffle Quilt
The Hawks Aloft quilt raffle is an annual tradition. Each year, Gail Garber–nationally known art quilter, author, lecturer and teacher–creates an original design for the Hawks Aloft quilt. Once the design is completed, it is cut and stitched by an all volunteer team at the annual winter retreat. The quilt is unveiled each year at the Monte Vista Crane Festival in March. The Hawks Aloft community works together and produces both a stunning heirloom quilt and a successful fundraiser for the organization. The proceeds from the raffle benefit the Hawks Aloft educational birds by helping to defray food costs. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the annual Hawks Aloft Holiday Party in December 2016.
Presenting the 2016 Hawks Aloft Raffle Quilt!
Our 2016 Raffle Quilt is complete and we are selling tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn the first Saturday in December. You can purchase tickets here.
Avian Studies in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque
We have a strong track record working with federal and state governments, non-government agencies, businesses, and schools within New Mexico. We work in partnership with our clients to provide a flexible and tailored service. We believe that conservation, research, and education are all important approaches to preserve New Mexico’s birds and their habitats. We offer our clients avian conservation expertise combined with strong project management and educational skills to really make a difference.
See the complete list of government, corporate, and foundation support here.
Meet our Educational Ambassador Merlie a female Merlin. Image by Keith Bauer.
In all of our efforts, whether research, education, or rescue related, we are assisted by a strong and dedicated team of members and volunteers. Please review our website to learn more about our projects and how you can become involved.
Trips and Tours
We offer a variety of field trips and tours, both within New Mexico and far afield. Visit our Member Events page for more information about upcoming events.
Ask An Expert
Do you have a bird related question? If so, check out our feature, “Hawk Talk: Ask an Expert”, and our staff will try to answer it for you!
Support Hawks Aloft by shopping at Smith’s and signing up to donate a portion of your total grocery bill to us! Visit the customer service desk with your Smith’s Card handy. Our ID number is: 16635, or find us by name.