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Make plans to attend the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Open House on Friday, April 14, 2017 , at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, Grimsby.

Highlights: Displays and information by area nature clubs; Live bird demonstration by Canadian Raptor Conservancy; Children’s programme with Carla Carlson of Niagara Nature Tours; Food Truck on site with hot beverages and food; Free copies of Field Guides to North American Birds for students and families. Click here for the Open House schedule.

Hello and welcome to the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH) website. On this site, you will find information about the NPH and Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, the location of our count.

You will also find our latest results during the spring migration season, along with our history, migration summaries for previous years, and links to other hawkwatches and nature organizations in our community.

Thanks for visiting us and we hope to see you at Beamer soon!

 Latest News...  

16 February 2017: Please note two coming events:

Water, Land, Wings and a Cliff: A Look at Birds Along the Niagara Escarpment

Date: Thursday March 9, 2017; Time : 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Location: Station 1 Coffeehouse, 28 Main St E, Grimsby, ON L3M 1M9

Click here for details 

Raptorfest 2017

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017; Time : 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Peach King Centre (Arena), 162 Livingston Avenue, Grimsby, ON L3M 5P7

4 February 2017: The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH) Executive is getting ready for the 2017 season, our 43rd! Counters are being contacted for scheduling by new Counter Coordinator Matt Mills, the April 14 Open House is being organized (see link above), as is the April 22 Annual General Meeting - aka, The Banquet. We are pleased to announce that a NPH Scholarship will again be offered in 2017.


The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch’s Annual General Meeting and Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 22, again at St Andrew’s Church Hall, 7 St Andrew’s Avenue, Grimsby. Socializing and the bucket raffle begin at 5:00 p.m., the pre-supper wine and cheese around 5:15, and dinner around 6:15. Tickets: Members - $40; Non-Members - $50. As always, we welcome donations for the bucket raffle. Please contact a member of the NPH Committee to obtain tickets and/or if you can make a donation.

Our speaker for the AGM and Banquet this year will be Rob Porter, Field Events Director of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club (HNC) and compiler of the Hamilton Christmas Bird Count (CBC). In preparation for his talk entitled What can we learn from Hamilton Christmas Bird Counts and Hawkwatch data? Rob will also be working with data supplied by our past counters and with eBird entries from other locations in the region. We hope to see you for an interesting and enjoyable evening when you can chat with all your hawk-watching friends! Non-members are most welcome. Contact Mike Street [] or any member of the Committee to reserve a place at the dinner.


From March 1st to May 15th each year members of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch monitor and record the types and numbers of migrating hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures that pass over Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby. This data is shared with the Hawk Migration Association of North America and the Canadian Wildlife Service. On average we record 15,000 migrating raptors each spring.

An important part of our mission is public education. On Good Friday every year our Open House at Beamer is attended by several hundred people. To expand our contacts in the community and heighten our education goals, with the generous help of the Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery the Board of the NPH is again offering a $500.00 scholarship to a successful secondary school student. The student may be from a science or arts or trade background.

The competition will involve two parts:

1) Students who are interested will be invited to attend the Hawkwatch in Grimsby between March 1st and May 15th, 2017 to work with the official counters. In doing so they will learn how to identify migrating raptors, about the biology and geography of raptor migrations, and also about the various groups of raptors and their behaviour. The participation of the student and his or her level of interest will be counted towards their score in the scholarship contest. We are looking at a minimum of 8 hours of participation at Beamer CA, which will be applicable to the 40 hours of community service required by students before graduation. Please note that students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during their time at Beamer CA.

2) Students who have completed the required 8 hours at Beamer CA will then be invited to submit by June 1 a 500-word essay on aspects of hawk migration that the student observed or learned about at the hawk count. Students also have a choice of submitting a project related to hawk migration instead of an essay. The combined evaluation from the essay/project and the participation portion will be used to decide on the successful recipient of the scholarship. Participants will be notified of the results by July 1, 2016.

The scholarship will be presented to the student upon his/her final acceptance at a post secondary institution for a course that does not need to be science related. The contest will be open to all students and all grades in high school. Should a student below Grade 12 level win the scholarship, the funds will be held until their graduation and acceptance at a post secondary institution. A student may not win the scholarship more than once.

It is the intention of the NPH to use the students’ work in our newsletter and for other educational purposes and promotion of the NPH.

Students who are interested in participating should contact:

Bruce Mackenzie
Director Special Projects
Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch



Mr. Norm Beal, President of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and Restaurant, has announced that Peninsula Ridge will again provide the funds for the $500.00 high school scholarship offered by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (details above). This is fantastic news for the Hawkwatch! Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery is located on Hwy 8 at the border of Grimsby and Beamsville, right on the spring raptor migration route. Members of the Hawkwatch and visitors to Beamer are encouraged to visit Peninsula Ridge as part of their visits to Grimsby.

2016 Activities:

7 July 2016:

Click here for 2016 NPH Scholarship Presentation

16 April 2016:

Click here for 2016 AGM and Banquet Photos

25 March 2016:

Click here for 2016 Open House Photos

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