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"We've heard good things about Crowsnest, and the people here are friendly"
- Sergeant Keith Bott  


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Bird lovers will have the unique opportunity to observe and count birds-of-prey during migration this month, when the Rocky Mountain Eagle
Research Foundation (RMERF) will host guided bird watches at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.
Every Saturday and Sunday throughout October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., RMERF Research Director Peter Sherrington, along with other eagle experts, will guide groups from a meeting point at the east end of the Centre to a nearby location to count migrating eagles, hawks and other raptors as they return south from their summer breeding grounds.
“Crowsnest Pass is the best observation site, since it is here that eagles converge for their spring glide north up the Front Ranges to the Yukon,” said RMERF organizer and director David Thomas.
“It is here that the returning, south-bound birds fan out to wintering grounds on the Great Plans of the United States and the Rocky Mountain interior.”
The only organized eagle watch of its kind in southwest Alberta, the event offers a unique opportunity to observe birds of prey during their fall migration.

Sherrington is the foremost scientific expert on the Rocky Mountain eagle migration, and has been tracking eagle migration in the area for the past 18 years through the RMERF.
In years past, counts were conducted at the Piitaistakis site further northeast, until they ended in 2010, as the site, while offering an exceptional perspective of the migration route, is accessible only by a one-hour uphill hike, which can prove difficult for some.
This year, visitors will be escorted from the meeting place at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre to a nearby viewing area approximately 250 metres away.
Anyone who is unable to walk to the site will be assisted in spotting the migrating birds from the Centre’s observation platform.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring warm clothing, hiking boots, drinking water, a folding chair, and binoculars.
The watch is offered free of charge.
For more information, visit, or contact David Thomas at 403-562-8032.
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