This Valentines Day Weekend, You are Invited to an Exciting Family Friendly Celebration of our Birds on the Niagara

An International Celebration of Winter Birds in our Bi-National Niagara River Corrirdor – Identified as a “Globally Significant Important Bird Area”

A Great Snowy Owl on the Niagara River. Photo courtesy of Jay Burney

An Invite to All from the Niagara Falls Nature Club and Bert Miller Nature Club in Niagara, Ontario and the Buffalo Audubon Society in Western New York

Posted February 14th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara’s three naturalist clubs have partnered with Niagara Parks and several organizations on the US side of the river to welcome birders; from beginners to experts to get outside and experience the stunning natural beauty of the Niagara River corridor.

Photo courtesy of Jay Burney

Hundreds of thousands of birds representing over 40 species of waterfowl, including colourful ducks, and sociable swans, snowy owls, gulls and other birds visit here from the north and can be found on the Niagara River during the winter.

Birds on the Niagara is designed to raise awareness of this spectacular natural occurrence, to promote outdoor activity and to encourage tourism and economic development using a conservation perspective.

The event will be held at a variety of locations and venues along both the Canadian and US sides of the Niagara River on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15.

“It’s exciting to be part of an International celebration, to connect with partners in the US and to recognize the mutual interests we have in stewardship along the Niagara corridor,“ said Kerry Kennedy, past president of the Niagara Falls Nature Club.

“Identified as a*Globally Significant Important Bird Area*, this area supports global biodiversity.”

“The Valentines Day theme is important because many of our birds, and ducks in particular, are in breeding plumage as they prepare to move to their northern breeding grounds.” say Jay  Burney of the Buffalo Audubon Society, and co-ordinator of the event.

Amanda Bichel of Birds Canada said, “This year Birds on the Niagara coincides with the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from February 14-17.  During this time birdwatchers from beginner to expert can count species, for 15 minutes or more, and then submit sightings to the website.” https://www.birdscanadagbbc/.org/volunteer/

Marcie Jacklin, of the Bert Miller Nature Club *comments “The internationally recognized Niagara River is one of the best places to see a variety of ducks and gulls in the winter. Festivals like these are great for kids and adults alike to start learning about the fastest growing hobby in North America – bird watching!”





Abbreviated Canadian Schedule for Saturday, February 15

  • 9:00 a.m.  Walk from Navy Hall, 305 Ricardo Street, NOTL
  • 11:00 a.m. Walk from Dufferin Island Park
  • 1:00 p.m. Walk from Brown’s Point
  • 10:00 – 2:00 Birding Open House at Niagara Glen Nature Center featuring live birds from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy

*Resources and References:*

*Canada, Niagara River, Remedial Action Plan *ourniagarariver

*Niagara River Corridor: Globally Significant Important Bird and Biodiversity Area*

*Audbon Niagara River Corridor IBA* * <>*

Photo courtesy of Jay Burney

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