29, 2012, sixty Biology students from the University of Windsor took an
ornithology field trip to two of Canada's best birdwatching hotspots.
We spent the morning at Point Pelee National Park, observering
migratory birds at Ontario's southernmost tip, and watching birds
migrate through the Pelee marsh. We spent the afternoon at Holiday
Beach Conservation Area learning about the Holiday Beach Migration
Observatory; we counted hawks migrating past the hawk tower, we helped
with banding songbirds, and we learned about raptor banding. Throughout
the day, we observed a record-breaking 64 different species of birds.
It was a great day of ornithology.
Dr. Dan Mennill, teaching
assistants Roberto Sosa and Kristin Kovach, and the students of the
2012 Ornithology course wish to extend our thanks to the Holiday Beach
Migration Observatory for sharing their
knowledge with us: Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Petit, Todd Pepper, Claude
Radley, Peggy Hurst, Chris Spagnolo (a former University of WIndsor
Ornithology student!), Keven Bruce (another former U Windsor
Ornithology student!), and
all of their colleagues at the Hawk banding station, the Passerine
banding station, and the hawk tower. We are so thankful that you spent
the afternoon with us! We also thank Steve Pike who shared his
birdwatching knowledge with us at the tip of Point Pelee.