Hawks Aloft Inc.
PO Box 10028
Albuquerque, NM 87184
Phone: 505 828-9455
Fax: 505 828-9769
E-Mail: gail@hawksaloft.org

Logo: Hawks Aloft Inc.


Our Mission

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.

Who We Are


Aspen, our Northern Saw-whet Owl

Celeste, our Barn Owl

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.

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!

Our Focus

We focus on five main areas to achieve our goals:

  • Conservation
  • Avian Research
  • Education
  • Mitigations
  • Raptor Rescues

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!

Our People

Hawks Aloft members watch birds on our 2015 field trip to Costa Rica

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
  • Education specialists
  • GIS technicians
  • Wildlife Rehabilitators


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 on December 5, 2015.

Hawks Aloft 2015 Raffle Quilt

Hawks Aloft 2015 Raffle Quilt

Our 2015 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

Avian Studies in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque

Our Approach

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.


Key clients include:

See the complete list of government, corporate, and foundation support here.


Our Members

Meet our newest Educational Ambassador, Merlie, a female Merlin. Image by Keith Bauer.

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!


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