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 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, and visit our website for the schedule of talks and walks. Shop for native plants, binoculars and more, make a nature crafts at this top hawk watching site in Canada.

Full list of programs to be announced on September 1.

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