Since 1975, birdwatchers have been monitoring the annual spring migration of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures over the Niagara Peninsula.
The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch was organized in March of 1990 to:
Promote the enjoyment of hawkwatching
Educate people about hawks and hawk migration
Conduct systematic counts of hawks migrating over the Niagara Peninsula
Work for the preservation of raptors in Ontario
Members receive two newsletters annually and are invited to participate in the count as often as possible and attend an annual social. An Open House is held on Good Friday every year both for members and to assist the general public in learning more about the migration taking place right over their heads.
Most hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures are migratory and move south to more moderate climates each fall to avoid our harsh Canadian winter. Every spring this process reverses and these birds return to Canada to nest and raise their young.
Starting on March 1, and continuing every day until the middle of May, the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch has people stationed at Beamer to identify and record every bird of prey that passes overhead. Information is freely available, there is no admission charge, and the best hours are between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
There will be a "Hawk Talk" presentation on March 22nd in the Firehall Studio (upstairs event space) at Station 1 Coffehouse. There are 2 times; 10:30am and 7:00pm. Learn from Bruce Mackenzie about the Spring Hawk Migration and their upcoming Open House on March 25th at Beamer Conservation area in Grimsby.
For membership information, please contact:
Mike Street - (905) 648-3737 or [email protected]