1 May 2019
NIAGARA PENINSULA HAWKWATCH SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING ON 27 APRIL 2019
In February the executive committee of NPH expressed its concern about the viability of the NPH continuing in its current form, and announced that a meeting would be held in late April to discuss options. The February communication generated a lot of concern, interest and support. A number of the respondents offered to be part of a new executive and others asked to receive training on hawk identification and counting.
The meeting that was promised was held on Saturday, April 27, and the time was used to discuss a number of options and suggestions that will be discussed further by the new executive. The meeting concluded with the election of the following people to the new executive committee:
Keith Dieroff, President, Treasurer, Membership List
Sandy Darling, Newsletter Editor and Count Coordinator for 2020
Rob Spaul, Statistics and Report on Season (with help in 2019 from John Stevens)
Michael MacLeod, Website Coordinator
Matt Mills, Training Coordinator
Mike Street, Data Sheet Auditor
Catherine Manschott, Secretary
The outgoing executive committee members wish to thank these people for offering their time and expertise, and we hope that you will give them your support.
Before and during the season, about ten people said that they would be willing to count this year or to receive training. They heave been teamed up with a current counter and have been a help by both spotting birds and augmenting the number of counters we have. If you would like to learn about how to identify and count migrating hawks, please contact Sandy Darling firstname.lastname@example.org.
As promised, we have focused on maintaining the count in 2019 and have had most days covered to date, but we would like counters for a few days in May.
We look forward optimistically to the future and encourage you to support the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.
PLEASE LOOK FOR AND REPORT BANDED AMERICAN KESTRELS
HawkWatch International (HWI), based in Salt Lake City, Utah, operates raptor migration monitoring sites in the western United States including Bridger Mountains (Montana), Commissary Ridge (Wyoming), Goshute Mountains (Nevada), Grand Canyon (Arizona) and Corpus Christi (Texas). HWI also supports the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (Texas) and Pronatura Veracruz (Mexico).
As part of its American Kestrel Study [ https://hawkwatch.org/kestrels ] HWI has banded 478 American Kestrels with color bands in an effort to monitor their survival and movements. Birds having wings, some of the HWI Kestrels could easily wind up in Ontario, and HWI would like our help protecting a declining species! If you are out and about with your binoculars or spotting scope and see a Kestrel, take a close look to see if there is a color band on its leg. If there is, take some notes and report the details of your sighting at:
[ https://hawkwatch.org/kestrelband ]