The 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.
Festival of Hawks, September 10-11 & September 17-18, 2016
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
9am to 3pm
See migrating hawks with Holiday Beach Migration Observatory’s experts on the tower. Hold and release a hawk or songbird at the HBMO adopt-a-hawk programs throughout the day. See live hawks and owls up close, shop for native plants, binoculars and more, take a hawk scavenger hunt, then make a nature craft at this top hawk watching site in Canada.
Ongoing programs and demonstrations include:
- Hawk banding and adoptions by the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory
- Live hawk display with Kingsport Environmental
- Monarch Butterfly life cycle display
- Blue Kestrel Cafe hosted by the Essex County Field Naturalists (first weekend) and an HBMO BBQ tent (second weekend)
- Kids’ craft table, free face painting (first weekend only), and a raptor scavenger hunt
- Ontario Purple Martin Association tent and programs
- Pelee Wings Nature Store optics booth
- Native Plants and Trees table
- John R. Park Homestead pop up gift shop
- Robert Bishop’s Artwork Wonders tent
- Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists on-site throughout Holiday Beach
Entry fee is $15 per vehicle. Seasonal passes are available here.
For more information about birding festivals, contact ERCA Events Coordinator Alex Denonville at 519-776-5209 ext 367 or via email at email@example.com