Raptor Identification Course

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH) is pleased to announce a Raptor Identification Course that will be offered on-line in early 2022.

Join Catherine Manschot for a seven-week webinar series on hawk identification. Catherine is a former teacher, a keen hawk enthusiast, and a hawk counter and committee member of the NPH. The course runs on Thursdays from 7–8 pm, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3, 2022.

The NPH mandate is to promote the enjoyment of hawkwatching, educate people about hawks and hawk migration, conduct systematic counts of hawks migrating over the Niagara Peninsula, and work for the preservation of raptors in Ontario.

This Basic Raptor Identification Course is designed to teach you how to identify southern Ontario raptor species seen perched or in-flight. The focus will be on adult field marks, shape, and flight behaviour but in some cases, Catherine will also touch on sexing and aging. There will be presentations on each species and comparisons made between the species, along with opportunities to participate and apply your skills through fun quizzes and a question period at the end. No prior knowledge of hawks is needed.

Species will include Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Osprey, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture, and Black Vulture.

Fee: $40.00 of which 50% is a donation to the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

To register, please e-transfer payment to kdieroff@yahoo.ca and include your first and last name.

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