IMG_4527SMALLThe Essex Region is a premier destination for birders from around the world. Our conservation areas make for great spots to take in the diverse species that call our region home. Click here for a list of conservation areas that are great for spotting birds.

Visitors can also purchase an annual pass for entry into our world-renowned birding areas. Click here for information about annual and seasonal passes.

Birding events


Festival of Hawks
September 9/10 & 16/17. 9am – 3pm.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Join the experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory for this annual celebration of the great migration. See thousands of raptors and other birds as they make their journey south.

Get up close to the raptors of Kingsport Environmental, learn about nature from local experts, and stick around for a BBQ lunch. This festival features kid-friendly activities, nature-themed vendors, and a wide range of free programming. This is your chance to take in this unique natural spectacle at one of the top bird watching sites in North America.

Admission fee is $15/vehicle.

Hawk Fest Event downloads below:

Hawk Identification Sheet

HBMO Raptor & Non-Raptor Almanac

Holiday Beach Conservation Area Map

Programs & Workshop Schedule for Week 1 & 2

For more information about birding festivals, contact ERCA Events Coordinator Alex Denonville at 519-776-5209 ext 367 or via email at