Welcome to the Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch (EMHW)

Founded in 1976, EMHW is an all-volunteer, member-based organization whose mission is to promote the study, conservation and preservation of hawks locally and on a continental scale by monitoring migration in Massachusetts; to share data for research and conservation purposes; to promote education and awareness of the identification of hawks and the issues related to migrating hawks and to instill an appreciation for hawks in general.

We invite you to learn more about who we are, and what our club offers, and we hope you’ll be interested in joining us!

*NEW June 2021: We invite all EMHW members to view our new Code of Conduct and familiarize yourself with its contents.  Thank you!

Club Events and News

Annual Meeting

We will be meeting online via Zoom this year, RSVP to receive meeting info! This year’s Keynote Speaker is Sean Riley from Mass DCR.

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Watch Sites

Get the scoop on Massachusetts hawk watch sites, including directions, coverage and favorable conditions!

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View newsletter archives, learn how you can get this year’s edition or contribute to our next newsletter!

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New to Hawk Watching?

If you’re unsure of the where, when or how of hawk watching, you’ve come to the right place! We hope you find this site a useful resource whether you’re just starting out or already have some experience.

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Volunteer Counters Needed

Make a substantial, enduring contribution to hawk migration studies and hawk conservation. For over forty years, the Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch has been studying and monitoring hawk migration through eastern Massachusetts. As part of our coverage, we’ve established two major long-term monitoring sites at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton and Mt Watatic in Asburnham.

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Drink Coffee, Save Birds!

EMHW would like to thank the Birds & Beans Coffee Company for their ongoing support of our annual meeting. Theirs is the only U.S. company that solely sells Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee that is also organic, Fair Trade, and from a B-Certified Roaster.

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