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.
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.
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