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Beamer Hawkwatch 50th Anniversary

Bald eagle, Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch © GreenRavenPhotography.com

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. During early spring sightings of red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, Cooper’s hawks, golden eagles, red-shouldered hawks and thousands of turkey vultures are regularly recorded as community science data by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch. The Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch is hosted in partnership with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

Red-shouldered hawk, Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch © GreenRavenPhotography.com

I’ve especially enjoyed visiting the hawkwatch tower for many years and this year I had the chance to go on Good Friday, March 29 2024. A little bird had reported that more than 6 golden eagles had been sighted above Beamer over the past two weeks, as well as more than 50 red-shouldered hawks also in migration northwestward from overwintering areas in the United States and Mexico. Golden eagles live in far northern Ontario, including along Hudson Bay and into the Arctic, so they are earlier migrators and red-shouldered hawks are wetland habitat inhabitant specialists and given that we’ve had a record warm winter the red-shouldered hawks headed back to emerging wetland habitats. While red-shouldered hawks are not classified as at-risk wetland habitats are quickly diminishing in Ontario due to expansion, industrial, infrastructure and residential development, and yet play an essential role in Ontario for water filtration, climate regulation, carbon sequestration, habitat for fish and waterfowl as well as for turtles, snakes, frogs, herons, songbirds, loons and even red-shouldered hawks. Golden eagles are classified as Endangered Species At-Risk in Ontario as a result of habitat disturbance including pesticides, poaching, mining and resource extraction. So, having the chance to see golden eagles is pretty exciting. I once had the chance to see a golden eagle a few years ago at Beamer. I was at the hawkwatch tower and a large flock of turkey vultures came through and in that flock of a dozen or so turkey vultures was a golden eagle that passed overhead above us gliding on the thermals.

Red-tailed hawk, Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch © GreenRavenPhotography.com

For myself, the highlights really included the chance to spend time outdoors in a beautiful natural environment, hearing and seeing migrating songbirds and certainly the red-shouldered hawk, bald eagle, Cooper’s hawks, red-tailed hawks and 72 turkey vultures I had the chance to see.

Beamer hawkwatch tower, Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch © GreenRavenPhotography.com
Turkey vulture, Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch © GreenRavenPhotography.com

Here are notes I made from the watchtower as a guest among the official hawkwatchers that day;

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ON Nature Magazine Articles Written by Noah Cole

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Featured Photographer – Noah Cole, Spring 2022

The Annual Rite of Urban Salmon Migration, Winter 2021

Featured Photographer – Noah Cole, Winter 2020

Fewer Surviving Chicks Spell Trouble For Loons, Winter 2020

Count Birds, Not Gifts, This Holiday Season, Winter 2019

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ON Nature Magazine Photos by Noah Cole

Photos ON Nature Articles featuring Noah Cole’s photography: ArticlePhoto subject
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall_2013/page/18Feature:
Trouble on the Range
Pickle Lake/boreal forest
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring_2014/page/10Guide helps planners protect GreenwayTurtle research study
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/summer_2014/page/10Midhurst residents oppose developmentMinesing
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/summer_2014/page/37The Foundations of ConservationMalcolm Bluff Shores
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-fall-2014/page/16A Special Place and TimeDevelopment article
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-fall-2014/page/36Eco-Heroes Walk Among usConservation Awards
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/winter_2014/page/36We Are Lost TogetherLost Bay Nature Reserve
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2015/page/7The right to a healthy environmentOntario Nature Annual Gathering
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2015/page/35Conservation Heroes RecognizedConservation Awards
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/winter_2015/page/38Strategies Abound, But Where Is The Action?Youth planting trees
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring_2016/page/2Together, A Lifetime of ConservationDevelopment Appeal
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/summer_2016/page/10Kinghurst continues to growKinghurst Nature Reserve
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall_2016/page/3Fall 2016 – Table of Contentsurban sprawl subdivision
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall_2016/page/14Port Granby Natural Areaformer nuclear waste site
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall_2016/page/24-25Feature:
A Watershed Moment
Sprawl, subdivisions, wetlands and watersheds
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall_2016/page/27Feature:
A Watershed Moment
Caledon quarry
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall_2016/page/35Feature:
A Birder to Watch
Tommy Thompson Park
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall_2016/page/37Conservation Heroes RecognizedConservation Awards
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/winter_2016/page/27Feature:
Labourers of Love
Ecojustice lawyers: Anastasia Lintner and Lara Tessaro
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring_2017/page/9Reasons to plant a moss garden this Springmoss and ferns
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring_2017/page/24-25Feature:
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
vernal pond, Altberg
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-fall-2017/page/12Another win for the CountyPrince Edward County
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-fall-2017/page/35Advocacy Ad: Become An Advocate for Naturesnapping turtle
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-fall-2017/page/37Conservation Heroes FetedConservation Awards
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring-2018/page/13Spring appeal Development AdQuetico
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring-2018/page/16-17Protected Places DeclarationConservation Target 1: 30 x 30
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2018/page/37Conservation Heroes RecognizedConservation Awards
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/winter-2018/page/37Supporting the Next Generation of Environmental LeadersYouth Summit
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2019/page/2Advocacy Ad: Become An Advocate for Naturesnapping turtle
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2019/page/11Celebrating Our Conservation Heroes Conservation Awards
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2019/page/17Brighton Wildlife Area Points Way to Wider Protection MeasuresCandidate Protected Areas
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-summer-2020/page/11Youth Council Launches Biodiversity CampaignYouth Council
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2020/page/12Zoonotic Diseases Heighten Pandemic ThreatKeating Channel
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring-2021/page/3Fighting For Lake Simcoe – Table of ContentsLake Simcoe/Innisfil Shores
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/summer-2021/page/16Protecting Biodiversity in Minesing WetlandsMinesing Wetlands
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring-2022/page/17Peatlands: Crucial Carbon StoresMashkinonje Provincial Park
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-summer-2022/page/11Seeking Nature Reserve EnthusiastsEastern pondhawk dragonfly
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/on-nature-summer-2022/page/30What is Eating Ontario’s Forest FloorsRouge National Park interior autumn forest
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2022/page/14-15Ottawa Valley’s Hidden Gem: Reilly Bird Nature Reservepanorama and fungi
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2022/page/18-19Clinging to LifePitcher’s Thistle, Manitoulin Island
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/winter-2022/page/32Feature:
The Night Shift
tree cavities
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring-2023/page/3Downsview Park Wildlife Viewing Rules Signethical wildlife photography
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring-2023/page/15Community Science Enhances Collective Knowledge of Speciesbear claw markings on beech tree
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/spring-2023/page/27Feature:
If You Build It, They Will Come
Packard Tract, Simcoe County
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2023/page/17Court Opens Door To Further Scrutiny of New HighwayFuture Bradford Bypass Site
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2023/page/26Feature:
Acclimating to Change
Willoughby Nature Reserve
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/fall-2023/page/36Conservation Award Recipients HonouredConservation Awards
https://view.publitas.com/on-nature/winter-2023/page/8-9Study Scores Areas By Restoration PotentialCollege Boreal, Sudbury
https://catalog.ontarionature.org/spring-2024/page/19A New Life For The Don River?Lower Don Lands
https://catalog.ontarionature.org/spring-2024/page/24-25A Stark BeautyBruce Alvar Nature Reserve
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Six Days in Quetico’s Wilderness – 2023

Dehavilland Beaver floatplane, Atikokan, 2023 © Noah Cole

August 20 2023

Lake Ontario to Lake Superior

Yesterday, after coming back to our neighbourhood from a family vacation, I spent the day unpacking, organizing and spending more enjoyable quality downtime with my immediate family. I prepared for the canoe trip and packed the gear and clothes I would want and need, including canoe trip clothing, gear, cameras, book, journal, toiletries, sunscreen, rain jacket, bug spray and compass too. I went over to my parents house to pack our bags there with my dad. We reviewed the food items, the tent, paddles, fishing liscence, our clothes and personal items, drybags, grill, ropes, kindling, camp knives, matches, first aid kit, wet weather clothes and warm clothes, packed up and were set and ready to go.

This morning, I got up at 4:30 AM to get ready to head out with Dad at 5:30 to fly up to Thunder Bay from Pearson on an Air Canada flight, and then to fly into Quetico on a float plane and begin our wilderness canoe excursion through Quetico Provincial Park.

Heart-shaped lake, Quetico Provincial Park, 2023 © Noah Cole

After flying into Thunder Bay, Dad and I easily got our gear and had a rental car within a half hour of landing. Then, we obtained the additional things we needed from the Canadian Tire in Thunder Bay (fishing rod, sunscreen, rainpaints, fuel canister) and Dad drove us to Atikokan and Canoe Canada, where we rendezvouzed with Shane who reviewed our route planning with us, and gave us fresh maps, PFDs, arranged the float plane, shuttle there and pickup for the end of the trip at Stanton Bay on Pickerel Lake. It was good to see him, it had been a few years. After coordinating at Canoe Canada, we were shuttled to the floatplane, a DeHavilland Beaver, and we headed into the deep wilds of Quetico Provincial Park.

Large forest fire burned area near lakes and wetlands, Quetico Provincial Park, 2023 © Noah Cole

We flew above the decommissioned Steep Rock Mine, and we flew above seriously vast areas that had been scorched and scoured by massive forest fires of more than fourty square kilometres in scale from recent major wildfires a few years ago. Yet, the forest is slowly returning. The forest landscape including trees like jack pine, red pine, fireweed and blueberries even bears and black-backed woodpeckers benefit from periodic forest fires. It was also impressive and seemed wonderful that large swaths of wetlands stopped the fire in some places, including the area just shy of Rose Island on Kawnipi Lake, and to see the immense multitude of expansive mighty and majestic extraordinary lakes stretching across every direction.

After 20 minutes, we landed on Basswood Lake by King Point, the most southerly point in Quetico and on the US/Canada border zone. We loaded the canoe from the floatplane and paddled into the embrace of the northerly Canadian wilderness waters of Quetico. Without embellishment, we soon saw two eagles and several loons and filled our water bottles from the fresh, pristine wide lake.

Cigar Island, Basswood Lake, Quetico Provincial Park, 2023 © Noah Cole

This evening, we have camped on Cigar Island, incidentally there too is an eagle’s nest nearby and we can often hear the call of the eagles and can see the young eagle by its nest in the pine. Here, there is a lot of forest on the island, exposed beautiful bedrock, smoothed by the glacier and weathered by the water and storms. There is a lot of magnificent lichen and beautiful moss. we were honoured to be greeted by a dragonfly, a grouse, a bird’s nest and the eagles own home here. We are so deeply honoured and truly glad to be here again, on the traditional territories of First Nations peoples and on historic canoe routes. Chi Miigwetch (A big thank you: Ojibwa). Soon after setting up camp and the tent, I made a sacred offering of sacred dogwood bark and thanked Gitchi Manitou.

August 21 2023

Basswood Lake to Silence Lake

Loon, North Bay – Basswood Lake, Quetico Provincial Park, 2023 © Noah Cole

Today, we gave thanks to the Eagles Nest and paddled across Basswood Lake to the furthest reaches of Basswood’s North Bay, where before paddling the channel to the South Lake portage, we were greeted by a loon close to our canoe. We then slogged up the beaver dammed channel, paddling through thick mucky waters, over beaver dams to the easy portage. We did about five short easy portages and one 350 metre portage through the “S” chain of lakes. Between West Lake and Shade Lake there was a very beautiful unnamed lake with nearly beyond imagination impressive reflections of magnificent pines. A creek from Shade Lake fed this lake, which had tall old Canadian Shield glacier smoothed cliffs, freshwater sponges, lichen, ferns and wildflowers I’d never been before. After a good lunch on Shade Lake, where I saw beautiful lichens I also don’t recall having ever seen before, we headed onward into Noon Lake, then Sultry and onto Silence Lake.

Magnificent reflections of tall oldgrowth pines, Quetico Provincial Park, 2023 © Noah Cole

We’ve decided to camp out on Silence Lake, where I had a lovely swim, saw a few warblers that I hope to relocate in the morning. I set up tent while Dad gathered firewood, and made fire and prepped dinner too. Dad was interested in portaging today and did really well carrying the canoe over several hundred-meter portages. I was concerned that his back or hip might hurt from the spinal nerve calcification, but he was portaging those well. He said the doctor explained that he could do any activity but not to overdo it, and if it hurt then to stop. Dad is great, he has such a loving and wonderful spirit. Today, though it was raining lightly, I didn’t mind as it was pleasant paddling weather and with great company and magnificent natural environment there was a lot to truly admire and appreciate.

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Order Your Own Copy Today: Ontario Wildlife Photography Book Successful Release

You can find, Ontario Wildlife Photography, my new book at Dundurn.com, Chapters-Indigo, Amazon, and from your local bookstore! Successful release: More than 250 copies of Ontario Wildlife Photography sold, received and enjoying very many inspiring wonderful meaningful compliments!

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Getting organized: More site updates!

Hello!

You may have noticed ongoing styling and updates around here. After my own 9-5 helping to protect save the environment and helping to fight injustice, I have been working on updating gallery and category images. I’d like to promote my site again soon, to hopefully see more requests for prints and image sales, but first I want to get things further organized and really beautiful here! Over these next few seasons and over time you will be able to search for any term and find related images, you can browse the categories to find images that you’re looking for, enjoy exploring the image map or search by location. In the meantime enjoy exploring, feeling inspired and finding images to order through my site!

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Hello everyone – site updates!

Hello everyone!

We are excited to relaunch the new site as a source for all your wildlife and nature photography interests.

You will be able to view and download images and purchase quality prints. Before Green Raven Photography promotes the new launch, Green Raven Photography is reorganizing our spectacular and inspiring broad range of photos.

Noah Cole of Green Raven Photography would like thank all of his patrons and mentors – and looks forward to promoting and launching this new www.greenravenphotography.com site soon in 2019!

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Summer in the Arctic

Nov 27-Dec 27 2014 Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Gallery, Toronto

Canadian landscapes and ecosystems are under pressures of climate change and human impact. Pristine natural areas are increasingly uncommon. Journey, led by a glimpse, to the remote historically significant community of Bathurst Inlet and experience its remarkable natural legacy through Summer in the Arctic. A portion of the proceeds of this show will go to benefit the Kingaunmiut community of Bathurst Inlet, as well as towards WWF-Canada’s Arctic programs and to Ontario Nature for their excursion with Quest Tours to visit Bathurst Inlet in 2015, with contributions from the excursion to benefit the Nature Guardians Youth Program.

Join us for the Opening Reception Thursday, November 27th | 7-9PM, 7:30 PM Opening Remarks by Dr. Pete Ewins, WWF-Canada

November 27 – December 27, 2014

RSVP: greenravenphotography@gmail.com

Venue:Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Gallery