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Tuesday September 11th, 2012

Posted at 11:30am

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Organizers of HawkFest 2012, which takes place this weekend and next, say that this year’s festival will feature more hikes and workshops than in the past decade.

Held at the Holiday Beach Conservation Area, the festival aims to encourage visitors to experience hawk and songbird banding demonstrations, hawk migration viewing at a 30’ Hawk Tower, and live raptor shows by the Peregrine Foundation.

On September 15th from 10am to 12noon, Zoo-to-You will be part of the fun.  You will be able to get up close and personal with a kangaroo, kinkajou, chinchillas and French Angora rabbits, snakes, an African tortoise and even an alligator.  Stay for the kids’ crafts, which will be happening this whole weekend.  Workshops and hikes on this first festival weekend include Project Feederwatch and Hawk Identification workshops and an Amphibian Nature Hike in the morning.

All of these activities are offered in partnership with the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, who will also host a second weekend.  Hikes and workshops include Hawk Identification workshops, a Birding for Beginners Talk, a Hummingbird Workshop and a Butterfly Migration hike.  All hikes and workshops are offered free of charge with your admission of just $10 per car.  The best raptor viewing time is from 9am until noon when the hawks fly low.

The Holiday Beach Conservation Area is located on County Road 50, on Lake Erie near Malden Centre approximately 15km southeast of Amherstburg.  Cost is only $10 per vehicle, and you can camp overnight for just $27 per night.  To learn more, visit their website.

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