|Braddock Bay Hawkwatch Platform - Luke Tiller|
2014 sees HMANA's 40th anniversary, and to celebrate we are holding our 40th Anniversary Conference: 40 years connecting hawks and people. The event will take place between April 25 and 27 at
Braddock Bay, which is just north of . Rochester, New York
I was lucky enough to be counting at
when we held our last conference in 2012 and so got to experience all the fun of the
event from my home turf. Most exciting to me about Greenwich Connecticut was getting to make connections
with other raptor aficionados from across the country and beyond. Two years later
I am still in regular touch with many of those participants and attendees and
consider them friends made. That's not to say that there wasn't plenty else to
enjoy including: a wonderfully humorous and passionate talk by key note speaker
Pete Dunne, lively panel discussions, fun field trips and fascinating lectures.
Though it will be a tough event to top, I am convinced next years event is lining up to be
even better. Greenwich
The conference next April already boasts two excellent keynote speakers in Keith L. Bildstein and Richard Crossley. Keith is the Director of Conservation Science at
and is renowned in the world of raptor conservation for his wide ranging
research and accessible publications. As well as being the author of the
Crossley ID Guide series (including this year's well received Crossley ID Guide:
Raptors), Richards driving passion is to promote conservation by popularizing
birding and I say what better way to popularize birding than to promote the coolest
birds going: hawks, falcons and eagles! Hawk Mountain
|Happy Hawkwatchers at Braddock Bay - Luke Tiller|
The festival also takes place the same weekend as our host organizations 'Bird of Prey Days' event, so other events over the weekend will include tours of the legendary Braddock Bay Raptor Research (website here) and Braddock Bay Bird Observatory’s (website here) banding stations, live bird of prey shows and opportunities to try out the latest optics and birding related products at the trade show among the myriad of other fun events.
|The only way to count all the birds at Braddock Bay - Luke Tiller|
Some more information about the event can be found on the HMANA website (here). Bookings will go live from early January so look out for notices online, via email and in our forthcoming journal. I'm sure you are as excited as I am to get booking - look forward to seeing you all in Rochester in April!