Hawkwatch Is One Of Niagara’s Great Spring Nature Adventures

An Invitation from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Celebrate the Arrival of Spring and Hawkwatch Activities at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

With the spring like temperatures continuing, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch invite you to join us at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area for the annual hawk migration.

Photos courtesy of Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

 Get out your binoculars, and head to this majestic conservation area to discover Niagara’s best viewing location for the annual spring migration of hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures.

The migration is a spectacular natural phenomenon and Beamer Memorial is the best place to be to observe these birds of prey as they make their spring flights from South and Central America, the Caribbean and the United States to their nesting territories in Canada.  Members of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch group (NPH) will be on site from March 1st, monitoring species of these bird populations.

 Last year nearly 20,500 raptors were viewed flying over Beamer. Broadwinged Hawks and Turkey Vultures reported record high counts, and an impressive 60 Bald Eagles and 8 Golden Eagles were also spotted. The spring raptors are expected to be equally as impressive in 2012, with special attention be paid to the American Kestrel. 

It will be interesting to see if the numbers in 2012 fall in line with the trend of 2011. Trends in these migrating bird populations serve as valuable biological indicators for ecosystem health, as raptors are top-level predators, occupying large home ranges, inhabiting most ecosystems, and being sensitive to environmental contamination and other human disturbances.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the he annual Hawkwatch Open House activities which will take place 10:00 to 3:00 on Good Friday, April 6th.  A fun outing for the whole family, the event will feature a number of activities  including live hawk demonstrations, ‘Talks on the Hawk Migration’, and a children’s program.

Take the time to get up, get out and join us at Beamer Conservation Area for a breath of fresh air!   

DIRECTIONS TO BEAMER CONSERVATION AREA FROM TORONTO/HAMILTON: Travel along QEW Niagara and take Exit 71, Christie St; Proceed south on Christie St. which turns into Mountain Rd. at RR #81; Follow Mountain Rd. up the escarpment, turn Right onto Ridge Rd.; Turn Right onto Quarry Rd.; 5. Park Entrance is on Quarry Rd.

FROM BUFFALO/NIAGARA: Travel along QEW Toronto and take Exit 71, Christie St.; which turns into Mountain Rd. at RR #81; Follow Mountain Rd. up the escarpment, turn Right onto Ridge Rd.; Turn Right onto Quarry Rd.; S. Park Entrance is on Quarry Rd.

(Niagara At Large welcomes you to leave your views on this post in the comment boxes below.)

 

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4 responses to “Hawkwatch Is One Of Niagara’s Great Spring Nature Adventures

  1. It is so nice to have a change of topic. The hawks are slowly coming back after their near exinction by the chemical DDT. They are such awesome birds.

  2. While enjoying one of the most spectacular views in all of Niagara from Beamer’s Falls look outs ,it should not escape anyones notice that the cost of admission to this Conservation Area is 0! Due to the hundreds of local volunteers , as well the blessing of of Land Owners and all those who travel to use the Park with respect, this urban wilderness exists. Just not providing breath taking scenery to view the migration of hawks and song birds , but it is also home to many rare Carolinian spieces in the upper park and in the lower 40 creek water shed to the mouth of the 40 Mile Creek. The history of the 40 Creek for those interested is on par with it’s stunning beauty. From the Neutral Indians , to the First white settler ( Henery Nelles ) to the struggles of two large Warring Nations in the War of 1812! Because of the anchorage off the mouth of the 40 Mile Creek and the proximaty of the escarpment to the lake the 40 was a highly prized for it’s defensive position as well as it’s ease to resupply by ship. The many watered powered mills along this creek gave birth to a community of strong individuals who helped shape this young Country.

  3. You are right George Hawks ,Eagles , Falcons and and all the Song Birds you could imagine. In truth this is one of the most abundant areas for wild life . I walk here frequently just to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. I would also like to thank John for opening my eyes to the Historical aspects of the 40 Valley!

  4. Just came back from a lovely hike up to hawk point , saw 2 eagles and an enormous amount of hawks soaring on the thermals that frequent the 40 creek valley. Walked by some of the most beautiful Rock Gardens and to see the magnolia blossoms comming into bloom was truly a joy! Grimsby is such a lovely Town!!!

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