Passing of Gus Yaki

We are sad to share the recent passing of Gus Yaki.  He was a real friend of RMERF and in addition to participating in our annual social, he contributed by using his means to further our raptor study.  We need more Gus Yakis.  Gus deserves a big “THANK-YOU” for his contribution to our RMERF Citizen Science project. Below is an obituary by his son.

Gustave Joseph (Gus) Yaki, born Sandwith, Saskatchewan (near North Battleford) on August 19, 1932, received MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) to die peacefully in Calgary on August 10, 2020. He was predeceased by his first wife Rae Jeannine Yaki (Venner), his sisters Mary Anne Grant and Dorothy Pauline Gasper, his grandson Philip, and great grandson Lincoln. He is survived by his wife A‎ileen Pelzer, his brother Stanley John Yaki, his sister Margaret Rose Weger, as well as his children Donald, James (Jim), David, Robyn Fortier, Barbara (Barb), Patricia (Tricia) Bartone, and Jonathon Neville, as well as their spouses, descendants and extended families.

Gus became interested in nature as a child walking back and forth to school and eventually made a living as a nature tour operator. After retiring, he continued volunteering his time as a naturalist. In 2005 he started birding classes with the Friends of Fish Creek which attract hundreds of participants. In 2017, at the age of 84, he organized and led a hike across southern Alberta to celebrate Canada 150 in support of bird study and habitat conservation. In 2019, he was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada, and was recognized as one of Calgary’s “Top 7 over 70”.

Donations in lieu of gifts may be made to Nature Conservancy of Canada, 245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 410, Toronto, Ontario M4P 3J1, and/or to Alberta Wilderness Association, 455 – 12 St NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Y9. (Receipts for tax credit will be issued.)

Memories to be shared at a future memorial service and/or tribute webpage can be sent to

RMERF Daily Fall Count Starting Soon


Please join RMERF for the 2020 Fall Count, Sep 20th – Nov 15th!
For past count details and reports, please refer to the Daily Count Resources

Covid 19 Update

The Covid 19 outbreak and the Alberta Park closures are presenting serious challenges for this Spring’s migration count. Hats off to Rosemary and her team of observers for doing their best to work through this difficult situation.

To protect our observers and, effective immediately, we ask that you NOT plan to join us in the field, but rather follow the count’s progress on this website.

Like many other organizations, RMERF’s funding has been hard hit by this pandemic. Our fundraising casino that was scheduled for May has been postponed, leaving us short on funding. If you’re able, please consider making a donation to RMERF.

RMERF thanks all of you for your continuing support over the past 25+ years. Stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the field as soon as possible.

RMERF Count Summary 2020 Spring

Sorted by most recent. For past reports and counts, see: Daily Count Resources

RMERF 2020 AGM Summary

We had a great turnout for our 2020 AGM.

A volunteer appreciation award was presented to Joel Duncan. The inscription is, “Presented to Joel Duncan by the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation in recognition of his long-standing service and dedication to the Foundation.”

Peter Sherrington presented his annual count report, and discussed the trends we’ve seen over the past 25 years.
We’d like to say a big thank you to our guest speaker, Gordon Petersen who presented on his photographic Travels in Mongolia with a special look at the Golden Eagle Festival in Ölgii. The presentation was excellent and very well received! You can find more photos from Gord at

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