Monday, March 24, 2014

Help Support HMANA's Raptorthon with a fun way to donate

As HMANA’s featured hawkwatcher during our Raptorthon this year, I thought I’d try something a little different.  HMANA’s 40th anniversary conference will be April 25-27 in Rochester, New York, and that is just too exciting an opportunity to let pass. But how can I do a Raptorthon when I’ll be busy at the conference?

So here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to count hawks on my drive north to Rochester from my home in southern Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 24.  And, once I get to Braddock Bay, I’m going to spend three hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, counting with Luke Tiller, Braddock’s regular hawk counter.  Luke and I will take donations right there, and we will split the amount we gather between HMANA and Braddock Bay Raptor Research.  You can support my Raptorthon, someone else’s or start one of your own at  To support my Raptorthon from the Raptorthon page, click on the Donate to a Raptorthon tab and choose Carolyn Hoffman.  Currently, you can also support Braddock Bay and Militia Hill’s Raptorthons at the same link.  

On the drive to Rochester, I’ll be seeing what I can identify from the car, as a way of letting people know you don’t have to sit on a hawkwatch to see hawks.  I just hope the weather cooperates.  Then on Saturday I’ll take a brief break from the conference activities to spend a little time on Braddock Bay’s platform, trying to see as many species as possible in a short amount of time.  I am also hoping that if the weather is uncooperative on one part of my Raptorthon that it will cooperate for the other part.

Would you please consider sponsoring me with a pledge to support HMANA in this our 40th anniversary year?  You can sponsor me for a fixed amount, for a specified amount by the number of hawks I see or by the number of species of hawks that I see.  The money I raise will be used to support HMANA’s regular programs and operations.

I am also planning to Tweet my way north and from atop Braddock’s platform, so you can follow along as I try to see as many hawks as I can.  I’ll be Tweeting at #hmana40 or you can follow me on Twitter at @carolynh07.  You can also come and visit while I’m at the Braddock platform if you’re coming to the conference, which I hope you will attend.  It will be fun!

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