Raptor Identification Course – Aug/Sept 2022

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

Join Catherine Manschot for a four-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 Mondays and Thursdays starting at 7:00 pm and running 60-90 minutes plus questions. Dates are: August 22, 25, 29, September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15.

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. Each session, you will build your roster of raptor species identification skills. We will compare similarities and differences among genera and species covering shape, flight behaviour, and field marks (including juvenile, sub-adult and adult age classes and sexually different plumages). There will be opportunities to apply your skills through fun quizzes and questions will be fielded along the way. No prior knowledge of hawks is needed. Birding experience is beneficial.

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: $48.00 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 and email address. Register by August 21.

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