Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
Contact: Mary Linkevich
1700 Hawk Mountain Road
About Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Founded in 1934 to stop the shooting of migrating raptors along an Appalachian ridge in eastern Pennsylvania, the non-profit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association has grown into one of the leading global voices for the conservation of birds of prey by providing international leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model observation, research, and education facility where tens of thousands of visitors are inspired annually.
The Association manages its 2,500-acre woodland as a publicly accessible wildlife refuge, designed to connect people with its mountainous setting and sweeping views and to generate appreciation for the annual hawk migration. Endowments, grants, bequests, admission fees, membership dues, and other gifts support local to international scientific research, education, and training programs. The Sanctuary is best known for its annual autumn hawkwatch, the longest-running raptor migration count in the world and more recently, its international Conservation Science Training Program, which has trained more than 400 young conservationist professionals from 72 countries on six continents.
Facilities include the Visitor Center and Native Plant Garden; an eight-mile hiking trail system; an ADA-compliant, handicapped-accessible trail that links one of several scenic overlooks; the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning, an international biological field station and training facility for young raptor conservationists and the headquarters for Hawk Mountain programs in conservation science; and the Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building, headquarters for programs in global raptor conservation education.
Hawk Mountain has an international membership of 9,500 and welcomes 65,000 visitors per year. The Sanctuary operates year-round with a full-time staff of 16, more than 200 active volunteers, and an annual operating budget of $1.9 million.