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Fall Count 2021

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The Fall 2021 Migration Count has commenced and runs from Sep 20th until Nov 15th with observers at the Mount Lorette site daily — including viewing equipment available to the public. If interested in visiting the site, we suggest that you visit after 3pm. We see the majority of the migrating eagles in the later afternoon. This is the 29th consecutive year of vigilant recording. Mount Lorette site, Observation map.

PRESENT COUNTS:
Mount Lorette Count Summary, 2020 Fall
Vicki Ridge/Steeples Count Blog, 2020 Fall

Related links: Count Reports

 

Observations

09/26/2021

Season:Fall 2021

Observers:Caroline Lambert, Glenn Webber

Observations:

Although at ground level it was calm (and unseasonably warm again) to start with, ridge winds told a different story. By 8am the ridge winds were over 70 kph and gusting up to 100 kph, and stayed around that level all day. Ground winds picked up as well, threatening to topple unprotected chairs and scopes, and cause any loose object to disappear over the river. The few eagles that were seen were flying very high and very fast over the east ridge.

09/25/2021

Season:Fall 2021

Observers:Blake Weis, Annie Finch, Rosemary Power, Eric Langshaw

Observations:

It was a warm, sunny day with beautiful fall colors. In the afternoon there were strong ridge winds from the SW which is favorable for migration, but flying conditions seemed inconsistent. The birds were often quite high but never stetted into a regular flight path. This inconsistency, along with a wide lenticular cloud hanging over the Fisher Range, made detection and identification difficult during peak migration.

09/24/2021

Season:Fall 2021

Observers:Caroline Lambert, Rick Robb

Observations:

Although the temperature started out at freezing, it quickly rose through the day to a balmy and unseasonable 18ºC at the end, when high cirrus clouds had given way to what appeared to be a Chinook arch. There was a trickle of birds during the morning, with several juvenile eagles using thermals to make slow forward progress. The more experienced adults waited until afternoon, when the wind had picked up, and there was a steady stream of them from 2pm onwards. All migrants were found along the east ridge.

09/23/2021

Season:Fall 2021

Observers:Graeme Dunlop, Ruth Morrow

Observations:

Nice sunny day. The ground winds were mainly light from W/NW. Ridge winds moderate from the SW. 30% to 60% cirrus and cumulus clouds A nice variety of raptors were seen today, most birds flew high over the Fisher Range which made identification of some smaller raptors quite challenging.

09/21/2021

Season:Fall 2021

Observers:George Halmazna, Ale Guerrero.

Observations:

Very nice sunny day with moderate wind and up to 50% cloud cover. But hardly any bird activity. We observed no eagles today.

09/20/2021

Season:Fall 2021

Observers:Lori Anderson, Ian Dowson

Observations:

It was a gorgeous sunny/cloudy fall day. The ground winds were mainly S/SW from Calm to 5 km/h with a few gusts up to 10 km/h. Ridge winds averaged 27 kms/h from the SW. Today must have been the national migratory day for Robins and Bohemian Waxwings. More than 100 Robins passed before 9 am and more than 300 by the end of the day. It seems that 2 Merlins have taken up residence in the meadow and we were gifted with a gruesome view of one of them feasting on its prey at the riverbank. The two Broad-winged Hawks were harassed by some local Ravens who nipped at them as they passed by above the eastern ridges. A very brave Red-breasted Nuthatch kicked an


RMERF Daily Fall Count Starting Soon

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Please join RMERF for the 2021 Fall Count, Sep 20th – Nov 15th!

For past count details and reports, please refer to the Daily Count Resources


Eagle numbers soar in Calgary – Calgary Herald

“Sightings of bald eagles in Calgary have been soaring in recent weeks, with some birdwatchers spotting as many as 20 of them in a single day along the Bow River near the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.”

See the full article from the Calgary Herald.

Join the RMERF fall count (September 20 to November 15) to see the count numbers for bald eagles and golden eagles and compare with the activity from the spring.


RMERF Daily Spring Count Concluded

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The Spring 2021 Migration Count has concluded and ran from Mar 1st to Apr 22nd with observers at the Mount Lorette site daily. This was the 29th consecutive year of vigilant recording. We thank all the sites’ principle observers and assistants in their daily viewing and reporting, a recognition to Rosemary with organizing the count.  A complete analysis and presentation will be forthcoming for this count. Please join RMERF for the 2021 Fall Count, Sep 20th – Nov 15th!

Related links: Daily Count Resources

 


RMERF Daily Spring Count Blog

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The Spring 2021 Migration Count has commenced and runs from Mar 1st until Apr 22th with observers at the Mount Lorette site daily — including viewing equipment available to the public. If interested in visiting the site, we suggest that you visit after 3pm. We see the majority of the migrating eagles in the later afternoon. This is the 29th consecutive year of vigilant recording. Mount Lorette site, Observation map.

PRESENT COUNTS: Mount Lorette Count Summary, 2021 Spring

Related links: Daily Count Resources


Passing of Terry Waters

Terry (Terence William) Waters          (January 10, 1940 – December 27, 2020)

Terence William Waters, .P Eng, and valued Member and Principle Observer for the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation (RMERF), passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020.  Details of his life are available at link obituary.

I first met Terry and his wife Nancy in 2005 when they appeared at RMERF functions as members.  He then began to assist us in the field during our Spring 2010 Lorette Raptor Count.  There he demonstrated the knowledge and willingness to take on the challenge of Principle Observer.  That fall he put that skill to use and faithfully volunteered his time and expertise, and that of some of his family members to our field counts until health issues intervened on the 2017 Spring Count.  Terry’s presence is best described in the words of Heinz Unger, a fellow observer:

 

Terry Waters

 

It was a cold and windy day – as usual for hay Meadow – but as I approached the count site I could see the Principal Observer, a towering, stoic figure untouched by the lousy weather. It’s always a concern when one first meets a new fellow observer but I realized I had lucked out with Terry, a fellow P.Eng., engaging to talk with, but he could also be quiet, especially when the migration was busy or the day got rather long. I very much enjoyed being paired up with him. So I was also happy to support Terry when he ran for a seat on the Council of APEGA, the professional engineers association of Alberta, especially as not enough good and knowledgeable people volunteer for such boards. And Terry surprised me once more when I ran into him at a performance of Opera Calgary at the Jubilee. After the usual quick review of the opera, we slipped into talking about brewing beer and some related engineering aspects. In summary, Terry Waters, was a renaissance man, a birder who spotted and aged golden eagles, attended classic opera performances, got into brewing beer, and was a true engineering professional – he’ll be missed in many places.

 

Heinz Unger, January 2021

 

We in RMERF will miss Terry who, in addition to his contributions to the field counts, was always a welcome and active participant in RMERF social functions.   It is there we have a number of photo records.  Several taken at our annual summer BBQs are attached.

Terry and Nancy Waters (1939-2011) discuss world affairs with Margo Hansen at the RMERF annual BBQ (18 Aug 2007).

Terry Waters again discussing world affairs with Margo Hansen at the RMERF annual BBQ (27 Aug 2016).

Terry Waters, Gus Yaki (1932-2020) and Aileen Pelzer on BBQ duty at the RMERF annual BBQ (27 Aug 2016).

Terry Waters and Rosemary Power on BBQ duty at the RMERF annual BBQ (24 Aug 2019).

 


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 gus.yaki.memories@gmail.com.


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