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Celebrating 30 Years of Citizen Science Golden Eagle Research



In-person and Zoom options available

The Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation (RMERF) thanks all our observers, members, board, supporters, volunteers and countless visitors to the Mount Lorette Hay Meadows site for making the last 30 years a success.  It was March 20, 1992 when Des Allen and Peter Sherrington first noticed Golden Eagles migrating along the portion of what was to become known as the “eagle highway” in the Kananaskis Valley.

Please join us at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park education building as we recognize and honour the 30 years’ achievement.  We will listen and learn of many species migration history and challenges,  related scientific findings and data, and highlights and passion of raptor watching and monitoring.


  • Glenbow Ranch is located on Highway 1A between Calgary and Cochrane, 18 kms NW from the U of Calgary. At the posted Glenbow Ranch signage, turn south (towards the Bow River), driving 3 kms down a good gravel road, parking available on site.
  • WELCOME at Glenbow Ranch at 9:30 with a brief social gathering and light refreshments.
  • OPENING PRESENTATION at 10:00 for in-person and Zoom attendees.
  • MC Ian Sherrington with opening remarks.
  • Video “The RMERF Story” produced by Quinlan McCormack
  • Speakers 10:25 – 12:45
    • Josh Welsh, Alberta Program Manager, Yellowstone to Yukon
    • Ryan Schmitz, Raptor Resource Project, Decorah, Iowa
    • Stan Boutin, Science Co-ordinator, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, U of Alberta (in-person)
    • Final introduction by Brian Keating
    • Peter Sherrington, Research Director, RMERF (in-person)
  • CLOSING REMARKS by RMERF President – Deanna Cottrell

Zoom attendees will then be disengaged.

Participants at the Glenbow Ranch’s presentations are invited to board a chartered bus (lunch to be provided) to go to the Mount Lorette Hay Meadow field site.

Live streaming will resume at 2:00 at the Mount Lorette Hay Meadow field site.   Observers and other comments, as well as identification of flight/mountain directions of migratory Golden Eagles and other raptors, will be given.

This event is FREE, but registration is required.  Please register with Sandy Graham at

Advise if:

1 – attending in-person (# of attendees) at the Glenbow Ranch

2 – taking the bus (# of attendees) to Mount Lorette site (please specify if vegetarian option required)

3 – only participating on Zoom

Greater details will be provided to you from your registration.

RMERF is very pleased to advise that all these activities have been made possible by funding from the JerryLigouri Scholarship through HawkWatch International.