HawkWatch International Inc., a non-profit group dedicated to helping raptors survive in North America, is starting a Utah chapter, and organizers will speak Wednesday, Feb. 13, at a public meeting.

Stephen W. Hoffman, president of the Albuquerque-based HawkWatch, is a biologist who made important discoveries about hawks while a graduate student at Utah State University, Logan, from 1973-78. He is back in Utah for the meeting.The meeting will be at the Gart Brothers Sporting Goods store, 5550 S. 900 East, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is sponsored by the Wasatch Mountain Club. Hoffman will give a slide show about hawk research in the Goshute Mountains of Nevada and Wellsville Mountain of northern Utah. He will also help organize the first Utah chapter of HawkWatch International.

From late August through late October, volunteers are stationed on Wellsville Mountain, counting raptors that funnel through in a great flyway, during their fall migrations. HawkWatch hires a professional to make a hawk census.