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Festival of Hawks 2017 & HBMO Raptor Weekend
September 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - September 24, 2017 @ 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 9-10 and 16-17, 2017.
New this year is the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory HBMO Raptor Weekend taking place on 23-24, 2017.
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 hikes. Bird identification, adopt-a-hawk programs, nature crafts and activities. The Kids Zone features free nature crafts, water insects and face-painting.
The fun takes place from 9am-3pm each day.
Admission is $15 a day/car, $2 a day/walk & bike.
Complete Schedule of Events
HBMO Raptor Weekend
The HMBO Raptor Weekend is a scaled down version of the Festival of Hawks. Witness the wonder of Raptor migration up close! The event runs from 9am to 3pm each day.
Raptor Weekend Activities:
Raptor migration over the tower
Bird ID on the tower
Songbird and hummingbird banding demonstrations and bird adoptions
Food & More
Admission is $10/vehicle. No charge for bike/walk in.