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

Shorebird Celebration (new format)
Wednesday through Monday from May 1 to May 22. 3 – 5pm.
Hillman Marsh Conservation Area
1826 Mersea Rd 2, Leamington, ON N8H 3V7

Join experts from the Ontario Field Ornithologists throughout the month of May at the Hillman Marsh Shorebird Habitat. This constructed cell is one of a kind in North America and attracts dozens of unique shorebird species. Enjoy the comfort of the sheltered viewing station with the experts. Stick around to enjoy a self-guided hike along 5 kilometres of trails at this beautiful conservation area.

Admission fee is $6/vehicle.

Want to see what species have been spotted at Hillman Marsh? Check out the eBird Checklist online at

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. 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.

More details to come.

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