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Tuesday June 14th, 2016

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority has created a ‘Waterbirds of Hillman Marsh’ interpretive sign to augment and complement birding tourism in the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region.

“This Shorebird Habitat was created in 2003 and is unique in North America. It provides a migration stopover for thousands of shorebirds migrating from South and Central America to the Arctic,” explained Ed Sleiman, Chair of the Essex Region Conservation Authority.

A viewing shelter was constructed in 2013, and last year, ERCA added the Shorebirds of Hillman Marsh sign. The sign unveiled today will help the thousands of visitors identify the Waterbirds of Hillman Marsh as they migrate, rest, and feed at the Shorebird Habitat. The sign features beautiful colour photographs and identifies the distinguishing characteristics of Common, Uncommon, Rare, Very Rare and Nesting species such as the Bufflehead, Sandhill Crane, and Mottled Duck. In total, 36 species of water birds are profiled on this new signage.

“The Municipality of Leamington recognizes birding as not only an authentic tourism asset in the region but also a regional activity,” said Deputy Mayor Hilda MacDonald of the Municipality of Leamington. “As part of our new Tourism Strategy, the Municipality is committed to working with local partners to broaden the appeal and enhance the visitor experience. The signage being unveiled is a great example of the assets being developed in the area that offer a unique experience to visitors and residents alike.”

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