Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
The Hawk Cliff migration site was first “discovered” by the late W.
E. Saunders of London while birding in the Port Stanley area in
southern Elgin County. Numerous visits to the site during the fall
months showed that large flights of raptors passed west along the
north shore of Lake Erie as they migrated out of Canada.
Eventually the Hawk Cliff site was incorporated into a new agreement
area in cooperation with the Yarmouth Township municipality.
The designated area included the one kilometre section of Regional
Road 22 south of Regional Road 24 where it dead ends at the cliff
overlooking Lake Erie. The land on either side of this agreement
area was and still is privately owned.
Then in 1974 the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA)
was formed to advance the knowledge of raptor migration and help
establish a rational basis for future monitoring of raptor
populations across the continent. To this end HMANA provided
standard forms and protocols for recording raptor migration counts
at the various hawk watches across North America, including the Hawk
Today the Hawk Cliff Foundation supports the ongoing migration monitoring at
the official Hawk Cliff hawkwatch. It's
our mission to ensure this important undertaking can be a
part of the local heritage for years to come.