About the HCF
The HCF Mission
The Hawk Cliff Foundation (HCF) was
incorporated in 1996 as a
non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the conservation
of migratory raptors, passerines and Monarch butterflies of North
America through scientific study, public education and appreciation
of their fall migrations.
The HCF Today
Over the years the Hawk Cliff site has grown in popularity and
today it is recognized as one of the prime fall migration hawk
watching destinations in North America.
Every year hundreds of birders (and non-birders!) from Canada, the
U.S. and other countries visit the site. Knowledgeable volunteers
are always on hand to assist visitors with raptor identification and
to raise public awareness on the subject of raptor migration.
At times Hawk Cliff has played host to special guest “hawk watchers”
like world renowned raptor specialist and author Bill Clark and the
late Roger Tory Peterson, a man who spent a lifetime devoted to the
study of birds.
Today visitors to the site are often treated to large raptor flights
and the onsite hawkwatchers are able to provide help with raptor
identifications and answers to visitor questions. On the two main
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch weekends there are live bird demonstrations put
on by members of the Hawk Cliff Banders association. There’s also an
information table with photo displays, pamphlets, newsletters,
raptor identification aids and a large message board with the daily
and year- to-date counts posted.
Birders can normally expect to see some 15 different raptor species
with typical count totals reaching several thousand birds per day.
On a few exceptional occasions lucky visitors have witnessed the
amazing spectacle of over 100,000 raptors of various species
migrating past Hawk Cliff in a single day!
Other birders come to enjoy the many passerines and Monarchs that
also pass Hawk Cliff on their journey to warmer climes.
Hawk Cliff has even served as a release site for rehabilitated
raptors providing many an excited youngster their first close up
view of a bird of prey.
If the HCF initiative for a new site is successful, Hawk Cliff will
continue to be a unique and exciting destination for those wishing
to enjoy the many wonders of raptors, passerines, Monarchs and their