Involving our community
We encourage people to actively engage with their surroundings by becoming citizen scientists. Volunteer participation is critical to bird monitoring efforts and Hawks Aloft seeks to connect the local community with such projects. Citizen Science allows individuals from all walks of life to gain a better understanding of their immediate environment and learn skills that have many applications. Everyday, volunteers make critical contributions to projects and studies that have impact.
Please contact us to get involved! We value your input and support.
Current Citizen Science Projects
Since 1994, Hawks Aloft has been conducting nest surveys in the Rio Grande Bosque as well as in local communities. Active raptor nests, primarily Cooper’s Hawks, are monitored throughout the nesting season by Hawks Aloft staff and volunteers. These individuals each monitor a specific area from March through August. Their participation enables the annual survey to cover an expansive area from Rio Rancho all the way to Belen, New Mexico. Additionally, a number of volunteers monitor active nests in their neighborhoods. This data provides meaningful information regarding the number of young fledged, nest densities, and different species utilizing these areas.
Read about one of our projects, Raptor Use of Rio Grande and Estancia Valleys, here.