Mike Street saw turkey vultures making their way home after spending a winter in sunny South America. To saw more closely, Street took his binoculars and pointed it towards the sky.
Street has been watching such birds from last four decades as a hawk watcher. Many volunteers count the number of eagles, turkey vultures and several other kinds of hawks that pass across Niagara heading for summer ranges. For Street, events like annual hawk are about collecting raw data about the bird. According to Street, such events help in understanding how the world has been changing.
Street said the famous peregrine falcons, also known as the peregrine, that nest on the Sheraton hotel downtown used to leave the place for the winter, but Street noted that in recent years, the bird has not been leaving the place and staying in response to a warmer city. It is known citizen science. Volunteers help in keeping track of these populations and show how they’re changing.
On Friday, Street was at Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch open house at the Beamer Conservation Area. For the last more than two decades, members of the group have welcomed the people to view the birds that pass over the region and to learn something about their importance to the planet’s ecological system.
Street further said, “The birds that pass over Niagara each year are carried on thermal updrafts. When they come into the land bridge between lakes Erie and Ontario the prevailing winds carry some toward Rochester and then to summer ranges in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.”
According to reports, most of the Hawkwatch observers will be in the Beamer park most days between March and May. They will record the number and types of birds passing through the area that time.