In Memorial: James H. Davis

As a result of a tragic accident while bicycling, Jim Davis passed away on
Canada Day, 1 July 2018, while in intensive care at the Foothills Medical
Centre in Calgary. Jim was a highly respected Principal Observer for the
Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation (RMERF) spring and fall raptor
counts conducted from Hay Meadows (also known as the Mount Lorette site).

I first met Jim while on the fall 2008 count when he visited the count site.
He quickly demonstrated a very high level of knowledge of all birds that
passed by, and better yet he volunteered to be an observer whenever he could.
We were first able to take advantage of his skills on the spring 2009 count
and increasingly on all counts since. He was a terrific teacher and always
spoke enthusiastically about the count with visitors. Jim proved to be one
of our top skilled and most reliable Principal Observers.

Jim will be sorely missed by all involved with the Rocky Mountain Eagle
Research Foundation spring and fall migrating raptor count efforts.

Cliff Hansen
Past Coordinator for the RMERF Lorette Raptor Counts



Despite challenging weather conditions, we had a great turnout for our 2018 AGM. 

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, Holly Duvall, Executive Director of the Alberta Institute For Wildlife Conservation (, located in Madden, Alberta. Holly gave a very informative talk about the challenges and successes of wildlife rehabilitation, with a special emphasis on the Institute’s work with raptors.

December News

The Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation – December 2017 Newsletter was just released to our members. You can download it here: RMERF-Newsletter-2017Dec.pdf

Two Seasonal Reports have just been added. Fall 2016, Fall 2016 Tables, Spring 2017, Spring 2017 Tables. These can be found on the Daily Count Resources page.

From all of us on the RMERF board, we wish you a safe and happy holidays.

Memorial Bench and Kiosk Unveiling

Thank you to all that attended the unveiling of Memorial bench for Ruthie Oltmann and the new RMERF kiosk at the Hay Meadow, Mount Lorette site in Kananaskis. It was a great turnout, great weather and everyone, (Ruthie, AB Parks and the RMERF people) enjoyed it.

Please view the news release sent to the local media for more details and photos. (PDF)
The Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper article is here []

Some photos from the unveiling (click for larger resolution):

CR George Halmazna

CR George Halmazna

CR Deanna Cottrell‎

CR Rick Hannay

25th Anniversary Celebration Review

The event was a great success. Held at Beaupre Community Hall – a lovely venue, an hour west of Calgary, many members and friends of RMERF attended, and shared stories of the 25 years of golden eagle and raptor counting.

Featured was a draft of new signage of for the Lorette site to be completed this fall and was on display for everyone to view and comment on about any suggested changes. A new video (still in production) was shown discussing what RMERF does using some great historic commentary clips and some scenic photos and clips of the golden eagles. Its purpose will be for public awareness and the producers hope to submit it to the Mountain Film festival. Continued over the afternoon was a panel discussion with Peter Sherrington, Cliff Hanson and Rosemary fielding questions about highlights from the emcee and attendees about their past 25 years since the start of the organization. Everyone also enjoyed some food and Anniversary cakes. The highlight of the evening was led by Peter Sherrington providing an interesting talk summarizing the last 25 years of research with RMERF.

Thanks to all those who attended, we look forward to the next 25 years.

Casino Fundraiser: Thanks

A big thank you again to all who helped at the RMERF casino!  It is only through support of many people (and the family members brought along!) that financially RMERF can strongly continue in its golden eagles and raptors migration observations, reporting, and educational outreach functions.  During the casino two days, I think too we had fun,  reviewed the Foundation work, and had some great conversations about life in general……  I thank too, our Advisors Val and Tony in leading us in the various roles, and dealing with chips and cash.
On top of the casino funds we receive, we made tips of $66.60.  We will know the final amount of funds from the two nights in September.

RMERF Field Celebration 2017

Although a little late, here are some great photos from our Field Celebration gathering at the Lorette count site on March 20th, 2017.

CR Cliff Hansen

CR Cliff Hansen

CR Cliff Hansen

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