HBMO Raptor Weekend – September 23-24

NEW THIS YEAR!  Join us for the HBMO Raptor Weekend, September 23-24 at Holiday Beach Conservation Area.  Witness the wonder of Raptor migration up close! The event runs from 9am to 3pm each day.

Download the schedule of events here.

Raptor Weekend Activities:

  • Raptor migration over the tower
  • Bird ID on the tower
  • Raptor adoptions
  • Songbird and hummingbird banding demonstrations and bird adoptions
  • Nature walks
  • Workshops
  • Food
    & More

2017 Almanacs, Migration Timing & High Counts Documents Now Available

9146771982_86e02130a6_oThe 2017 migration almanacs have now been added to the site. The almanacs include notable HBMO migration counts, migrant species codes, and other useful HBMO information. The migration timing of raptors has been updated and new this year is a summary of the highest daily counts at Holiday Beach.  Download the new documents below.

Eastern Hawk ID Program – New Downloads

DSC_0054Learn to identify hawks in flight during with the Eastern Hawk ID Program. Identifying a hawk in flight is different than characterizing a perched bird. With practice, patience, and long hours of observation the skills of flight identification can be learned.

To learn more and to download the updated presentation in PowerPoint, Keynote, and PDF formats, click here.

41 years and counting

Holiday Beach Migration Observatory hawk count surpasses 3,000,000!

HBMO is headquartered at the Holiday Beach Conservation Area (HBCA)
in the Big Creek Marsh watershed. This internationally recognized
Important Bird Area, IBA ON034, is owned and operated by Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA).

The Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) is a volunteer, non-profit membership organization formed in 1986 to promote the study and protection of migrating birds.

Through research and education programs and undertaking various projects, HBMO strives to contribute to the greater understanding of migration and conservation of birds and insects and their habitats. Holiday Beach is ranked as the top hawk watching site in Canada by Audubon Magazine, and the third best in all of North America.
Holiday Beach Migration Observatory is proud to announce that the new milestone was reached last Thursday, September 25/2014. This is our 41st year of counting and record keeping from the 1st of September through to the end of November.

Thanks to our volunteers and public support we will continue our work for many more years to come.

 

HBMO & The Canadian Snow Bunting Network

Snow-Bunting-toesHBMO banders represent a key SW Ontario banding node of the Canadian Snow Bunting Network (CSBN). The CSBN is administered by Dr. Oliver Love’s lab at the University of Windsor and represents a network of over 200 citizen, academic and government scientists working together to determine the health and demographics of wintering Canadian Snow Bunting populations. This Arctic-breeding species is in steep decline in North America and yet nothing is known regarding the reasons behind the population variability. Winter monitoring of this iconic Canadian species currently represents the best way to understand the dynamics of multiple populations and volunteer banders play a key and pivotal role in this conservation effort.

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Snow Bunting Banding – Winter 2013-14 Slideshow

SNBU Bird #100

Check out some pictures from this winter’s Snow Bunting Banding at our Harrow, Ontario Banding Station. It’s been a fantastic season so far. Click here to view the slideshow! (Tip – click on “Show info” to display more info about the pictures)

There were a few bonus birds banded as well so keep an eye out for those pictures in the slideshow!

 

 

 

Snowy Owls – Dispelling The Starvation Myth

This information has been gathered from the following experts and others mentioned in the text;

  • Norman Smith started studying Snowy Owls more than 30 years ago.
  • Tom McDonald from Rochester NY has been banding Snowy owls for 25 years.
  • Denver Holt studies Snowy Owls on their breeding grounds in Barrows, Alaska.

Scott Weidensaul has been studying owls for many years and is one of the key researchers involved with Project Snowstorm http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/ . Visit this page to access some excellent information. Some text below is directly quoted from Scott.

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