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Hawkwatching at Beamer Conservation Area, Grimsby, Ontario

 

On this page viewers will find photographs and descriptions of significant events in the history of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch and, if photos are found, its predecessor, the Grimsby Hawkwatch.

 

 

Good Friday, 13 April 1990 - Walter Klabunde, a dedicated counter at the Grimsby Hawkwatch since 1980, is named Honorary President of the newly formed Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. (Photos: Wilf Yusek)

 

Hamilton Town Crier Don Malena calls all present together to gather at the ceremony. View full size in
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Bruce Duncan, first President of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, presents Walter Klabunde with a certificate proclaiming him as Honorary President of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. View full size in
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Walter’s certificate. View full size in
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Mary Ellen Hebb (Coordinator of the Grimsby Watch 1987-1989), Walter Klabunde, Don Malena and Bruce Duncan with Walter’s cake, decorated with an image of a Bald Eagle and miniature trees. View full size in
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Walter takes a closer look at the eagle. View full size in
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Good Friday, 28 March 1997 – a large turnout at the 1997 Open House included many stalwarts of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, some of whom are no longer with us. (Photos: Peter Goering)

 

Jack Ryan, Counter for the day, seated at table; Tom Reavley, standing at Jack’s right in light olive parka; Dave Copeland, Originator and first Coordinator of the Grimsby Hawkwatch, standing behind Jack in grey-blue patterned sweater. View full size in
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Allison Richards of Mountsberg Conservation Area Raptor Centre with a Red-tailed Hawk about to be released at Beamer CA; Mike Street, second President of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, at right in gray sweatshirt beside van. View full size in
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Jack Ryan, Counter for the day, standing at table; Roy Baker, counter, in green shirt and hat at telescope behind Jack; Phil Waggett, counter, at right of table. View full size in
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26 January 1998 – after several years of discussion and testing, and with the help of two members of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch, the Co-Steel Recycling Company (Hamilton Division) donated the design, fabrication and installation of an 18-foot (6m) tall tower intended to help counters look over the increasingly tall trees at Beamer to see and tally migrating raptors. The balance of the funding and work required on the tower was provided by a grant from the Canada Trust-Friends of the Environment Foundation (Grimsby) and assistance from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. (Photos: Mike Street)

 

The trailer carrying the tower components arrives at Beamer CA. View full size in
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Tower base is set on the foundation concrete. View full size in
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Viewing platform being lowered onto the base. View full size in
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Stairs are added. View full size in
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Tower dedication plaque. (Photo: Barry Cherriere) View full size in
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Tower acquisition coordinator Mike Street with the finished tower. View full size in
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