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Latest News 

Raptor Identification Course

We will be running Raptor Identification course again this year on August 22, just before fall migration is underway. Please see our list of events below for more details.

Public Comment: Falconry Regulations

We have issued a public comment on recently proposed changes to falconry regulations, raising important questions and concerns regarding the rationale and supportability of eased restrictions on annual bird takes. Click here to read our submission.

If you require additional information, please contact Keith Dieroff (


Ontario Nature and other nature groups, and the Ontario Field Ornithologists have also submitted responses to the proposal, which you may find at:

Upcoming Events 

Please note all public events are cancelled while COVID restrictions are in place



Annual Watch

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch has started its season of counting migrating raptors at Beaner Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby, starting on March 1 and running to May 15.  On the first day of the count a Red-shouldered Hawk was seen.  Other species seen in the first week were Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, a Rough-legged Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Merlins and one American Kestrel.  Visitors to the hawkwatch may enter the park on foot and must follow all public health guidelines.  Only pre-approved counters and spotters may drive into the park and mount the tower. Washroom facilities are closed in March and April.  If restrictions are reduced, we shall make the information known.  We welcome visitors who follow public health guidelines.


Annual Open House

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 Open House is cancelled



Annual General Meeting

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch will be holding a virtual Annual General Meeting this year on Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00pm.  We are delighted that Dr. Allie Anderson has agreed to speak about Wintering Ecology and Nesting Phenology of the American Kestrel. Allie Anderson is an avian ecologist and research scientist currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Birds Canada and Trent University. Allie recently completed her Ph.D. on the stopover and migration ecology of shorebirds along remote areas of the James Bay coast. Prior to her work with shorebirds, Allie worked as a raptor biologist on studies of the breeding ecology of Cooper’s Hawks in North America, mitigation for Golden Eagle strikes at a wind energy facility, and the wintering ecology and nesting phenology of American Kestrels in southwestern Idaho. More details to come to members by email!



Raptor ID Course

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch 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.  For more details, please click here.