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April speaker – Luke Tiller

Posted on Apr 6, 2014

RTPI is thrilled to welcome our friend Luke Tiller as our April speaker on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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The Great Lakes are an incredible spot for bird migration of all kinds but perhaps particularly notably for raptors. Join hawkwatching expert Luke Tiller to hear about one of the best raptor migration sites, that happens to just be a stones throw away from Jamestown in Western New York. Luke will talk about among other things: Braddock Bay, the history of hawkwatching, how to get the best out of the hawkwatching experience and about some of the pitfalls of trying to identify a bird in flight. James Fisher once said that “The observation of birds may be a superstition, a tradition, an art, a science, a pleasure, a hobby, or a bore; this depends entirely on the nature of the observer”. He hopes that his talks fulfill a little of all but the last category!

Luke Tiller

Originally from London, England, Luke transplanted to Wilton, Connecticut in 2003 and newly surrounded by wildlife he found his love of birds reignited. He is employed as a professional hawkwatcher at Braddock Bay, NY, and is a writer about all things raptor related. His passion and knowledge recently saw him invited to join the board of the Hawk Migration Association of North America. He is also a natural history tour guide for HMANA and for Sunrise Birding.

He will lead a corresponding workshop event for RTPI at Braddock Bay the following Saturday, April 19 which aims to help people develop and improve their skills identifying hawks in flight.

Admission to the talk at RTPI is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. For more information please contact us at 716-665-2473.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator