Spend Good Friday at Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch open house

A great educational family event will once again take over Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, as an expected aerial show of birds of prey will soar over the skies of the Niagara Peninsula.

The Annual Open House for the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH), is being held at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area on Good Friday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Since March of 1975, birders have been monitoring the annual spring migration of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures over the Niagara Peninsula. This year, they celebrate their 28th Annual Good Friday Open House—an invitation for residents and tourists to observe and learn about the migration of various birds of prey.

“This year’s date, March 30, falls near the end of one of our two annual peaks,” says Mike Street from Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. “If conditions permit, up to 15 different species of raptor could be seen by Open House visitors. The spring flight will be in high gear for the Easter weekend, and we are hoping for good numbers of migrating raptors for the Open House.”

Throughout the day there will be displays from various nature clubs, organizations, and agencies such as the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), alongside plenty of opportunity for all to observe and learn about migrating hawks, eagles, vultures, and ospreys that pass over Grimsby every spring.

The first 200 guests who measure their personal “wingspan” against an illustration of real raptor wingspans will receive a free 5×7 photo print souvenir to take home. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the trails throughout the Conservation Area and the fantastic views from the observation decks on the edge of the Niagara escarpment. New for 2018 is the re-launch of these decks, as ramps were added to allow one deck to be wheel-chair accessible, and be more inclusive for our guests.

Guests will also be invited to join Mike as he gives talks at 10:45 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. explaining the raptor migration– including information on why the raptors are coming, where they are coming from, how long they travel to get here, and why Beamer Conservation Area is such a great place to see this annual phenomenon.

A Children’s Programme is being presented by Carla Carlson of Niagara Nature Tours at 11 a.m. and 2:15 pm. Carla will be available to talk to kids between her presentations, and she will be joined by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, who will display live raptors, and explain their biology and role in the environment at 1 p.m.

“Beamer Memorial Conservation Area is one of the many spectacular properties of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority,” adds Kim Frohlich, NPCA Ecologist. “We are thrilled that the Hawkwatch is back at Beamer for its 44th season of counting hawks, and presenting its Open House, which is always such a great educational event for families to enjoy.”

RJ’s Rolling Smokehouse Grill will be on site so NPH, NPCA, and additional partners, volunteers, and visitors will be able to purchase coffee, hot-chocolate and cold soft drinks all day, and delicious BBQ hot dogs and hamburgers, with french fries, for lunch.

A voluntary admission fee of $2.00 per adult and $5.00 per family is welcome to support the work of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. All admission tickets will be entered into a draw for a number of door prizes provided by the NPH and its partners.

For the complete Day Schedule, please visit: www.niagarapeninsulahawkwatch.org. For information about Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, please visit: https://npca.ca/conservation-areas/beamer-memorial.

Source – Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority press release



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