*Note* our annual banquet details have been updated. The event will be held on April 20 at the Casablanca Winery Inn, please refer to our events page for more information.

Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch


Promoting thE Preservation of Raptors in Niagara

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An annual tradition (Courtesy of yourtv Niagara)

Species Tracked

Raptors Counted Since 1991

About the NPH

What we Do

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch conducts annual counts of raptors flying over the Niagara Escarpment and engages the general public to promote enjoyment of hawk watching, provide education on raptor migration, and support the conservation of Ontario’s birds of prey.

History of the NPH

Annual hawk watches have been conducted in the Niagara peninsula since 1975. The NPH has overseen these activities since 1990.

About Beamer Conservation Area

Located in Grimsby Ontario, Beamer Conservation Area sits atop the Niagara Escarpment, overlooking Lake Ontario. The unique geography of the area creates an ideal location for observing migrant raptors. More than this, Beamer CA’s interesting mix of geological features, resident wildlife, and beautiful scenery make it a worthy destination in it’s own right.

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Annual Counts help us observe & Understand Population Trends

Red-shouldered Hawk

Northern Goshawk

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture


About Our Raptors

Over the years, 22 raptor species have been observed flying over Beamer Conservation Area. From rare to regular, hawk watchers look forward to seeing these species each spring.

Scroll on to see the hawks that visit our site each year. For an overview of the unique migratory features at Beamer and educational resources please click here.



For many, these impressive birds are the main event at the watch. Varied and interesting, these quintessential hawks are a fun challenge for budding hawk watchers


Long-tailed and agile, Accipiters are a common spring sight at Beamer. After the red-tail, these are the most familiar hawks for visitors to the watch


Nature’s clean up crew, vultures have become more common at Beamer


A unique fish-eating raptor, the once scarce osprey is now a regular sight at the watch


Some of our largest birds, either of our two eagle species are a genuine treat to see


Slender raptors, these birds are an uncommon, but regular visitor to the watch


Sleek, sharp, and speedy. Falcons are exiting visitors


Occasionally, the winds carry something truly special

Help is Always Welcome

14,883 Hours of Observation

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Over the years, many people have devoted their time and expertise to the NPH’s annual observations. Beginners and seasoned watchers alike are welcome during the watch. If you’d like to learn, come out and let us know!

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2023 Annual Watch

Continuing a tradition, we will be arranging daily observations for the 2021 season, beginning March 1 and running through May 15.  At this time, due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to the tower will be limited to the daily Counter and one Spotter only.  If visiting Beamer, please adhere to public health guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing and outdoor gatherings.    More Details

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