The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH) is pleased to announce that our
Raptor Identification Course will be offered again this Fall, just in time
for the southerly raptor migration. This course was created by Catherine
Manschot who is a former teacher, a hawk enthusiast, and an NPH committee
member and counter.
The course is designed to teach you how to identify Ontario raptor
species seen perched or in-flight. Each week you 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 new skills through fun quizzes, and questions will be fielded
along the way. No prior knowledge of hawks is needed. Birding experience is
Species covered will include the Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Rough-legged Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk,
Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Osprey, American Kestrel,
Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture, and Black Vulture.
Dates: Monday and Thursday nights at 7 pm, August 22nd, 25th, 29th,
September 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th and 15th. Each session will run 60 to 90
minutes, plus a question period at the end.
Recordings will be available until late September for participants to
Fee: $48.00 where 50% is a donation to the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. To
register, please email the following to email@example.com: 1) your first
and last name, 2) your email address, and 3) your etransfer of $48.
Registration will close on August 21st.