RMERF Daily Fall Count Concluded

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The Fall 2020 Migration Count has concluded and ran from Sep 20th to Nov 15th 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, and Peter Sherrington in receiving all the data and tirelessly producing the daily updates of the count. A complete analysis and presentation will be forthcoming for this count. Please join RMERF for the 2021 Spring Count, Mar 1st – Apr 22nd!

Related links: Daily Count Resources

 


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.


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 petersenphoto.com.

2020 AGM Reminder

RMERF Annual General Meeting
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00am. At the Alberta Wilderness Association Building (455—12 Street NW. Calgary, AB).

Keynote Speaker
Gordon Petersen, Travels in Mongolia, with a special look at the Golden Eagle Festival in Ölgii.

Please see the PDF for more information about the AGM.


CBC article on RMERF

K-Country golden eagle count dips to lowest level in more than 2 decades – Nov 14th, 2019


AWA Article on RMERF

The Sep 2019 Wildlands Advocate published by the Alberta Wilderness Association Journal, recently wrote an article about RMERF on page 4 if interested. The article Citizens Putting the “C” Into Conservation discussed a bit about the history of RMERF and its accomplishments with the addition of comments about the 2018 count final report and the decrease in number of eagles. Please see their website to download a PDF of the journal: https://albertawilderness.ca/publications/wild-lands-advocate/.


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