Join The Spring Shorebird Migration Celebration At Hillman Marsh

Tuesday April 26th, 2016

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Looking for a way to welcome spring?

On May 7th and 8th, you can join thousands of birds at the Hillman Marsh Shorebird Celebration as they make their way through the region during one of the most spectacular migratory displays Mother Nature has to offer.

The event features experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, who will be on location doing bird banding. Visitors can learn from these seasoned birders, who will give them insight into how banding works and a detailed take on the many species passing through the area. These experts will also be hosting specialized ‘walks and talk,’ giving visitors a chance to learn first-hand about various birding-related topics including: bird songs, e-birding and emerging technology, and shorebird identification.

All this will happen on the well-maintained gravel trails and in the nature centre at the Hillman Marsh Conservation Area. The location offers a unique opportunity to see rare birds as marsh water levels are set to make ideal shorebird habitat. “The shorebird habitat is unique in North America,” explained ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services, Danielle Stuebing. “Combined with the Point Pelee Festival of Birds, the viewing opportunities in the Pelee/Hillman region during spring migration are unparalleled, and visitors travel here from around the world. We also hope that residents of Windsor-Essex will take the opportunity to experience this world class event in our own backyard.”

Visitors can get up close and personal with the birds of Kingsport Environmental, a local group specializing in rehabilitating injured raptors. Festival-goers can see their new Snowy Owl, Lady, or compare wing spans with their Bald Eagle, Storm.

Kids can do a bird-related craft, walk like a shorebird, or take an introductory bird hike that will introduce them to the species common to the area.

“All of our birding events are designed with families in mind as we try to educate and engage the next generation of nature-minded citizens,” Stuebing adds. “Seasoned birders can enjoy the unique habitat of the marsh, amateurs can learn from the experts, and complete beginners and families can take in all of the educational activities and exhibits.”

This nature-friendly event, runs from 9am to 3pm.

A special event entry fee of $10 per car applies to the weekend celebration. A full list of birding programs and activities can be found at www.erca.org/birding.

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