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Festival of Hawks 2018
September 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Holiday Beach and Conservation Area in Amherstburg will host the Annual Festival of Hawks. The Holiday Beach Festival of Hawks is a family fun filled event to celebrate the bird migration season taking place the weekends of September 15-16 and 22-23, 2018.
Did you know the topped ranked hawk watching site in Canada, and third best in North America is Holiday Beach as named by Audubon Magazine?
“Every September through November, Holiday Beach becomes a migration hot spot as fall winds carry migrating hawks, songbirds, hummingbirds, dragonflies and butterflies across the skies and past the hawk tower,” explains Kevin Money, Director of Conservation Services for the Essex Region Conservation Authority. “There’s no better place in Canada to witness this migration spectacle and see a wide variety and huge quantities of these majestic raptors.”
Festival of Hawks
During the Festival of Hawks enjoy Live Raptor Shows, Banding Demonstrations, free workshops and programs hosted by local experts, and see live hawks and owls up close. Also enjoy, bird identification, adopt-a-hawk programs, nature crafts and activities. The Kids Zone features free nature crafts, water insects and face-painting.
This is also a great opportunity to watch thousands of birds of prey flying overhead and a great family event for experts and amateurs alike.
Visitors will also be in awe at the live raptor display of Kingsport Environmental, a local organization that rescues and rehabilitates raptors and promotes falconry through education programs.
Local experts will be on-site to teach on a wide range of birding and nature-related topics. These programs include:
HBMO’s Bob Pettit will share his years of experience on identifying hawks in flights.
Ted Kloske, of Henry’s Windsor and Maple Grove Studios, Glenn Gervais, of Southshore Outdoor Photography, and Alex Denonville will help budding photographers get their best nature shot.
Learn about the mystery of the iconic monarch butterfly with Gina Pannunzio of ERCA, and Paul Desjardins of Essex County Nature.
HBMO’s Jeremy Hatt will share his tips and tricks on using mobile applications like iNaturalist
Programs are free with the festival admission fee of $15 per vehicle.
The fun takes place from 9am-3pm each day.