Shorebirds Flock To Hillman Marsh In May

Thursday April 25th, 2019

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Bird enthusiasts from around the world will once again head to Leamington this May, and Hillman Marsh is ready to greet these guests from May 1st to 19th at the Shorebird Celebration.

“We are so thankful for our partnership with the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO), which allows the Shorebird Celebration to be hosted six days per week over a three week period,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Communications and Outreach Services.  “Experts from OFO will be at the Shorebird Viewing Shelter from 3pm – 5pm Tuesdays through Sundays to help guests identify the stunning shorebirds.”  There are also bird identification signs at the shelter highlighting distinguishing characteristics.

The shorebird habitat at Hillman Marsh is unique in North America.  The managed habitat creates the perfect combination of mudflats to provide nutrition and a resting area for migrating shorebirds.

“Hillman Marsh is a fabulous place, especially in spring, to see numerous waterbirds and shorebirds feeding regularly prior to their migration north,” adds Dave Milsom of OFO. The marsh is managed annually to produce the desired habitat: water levels are reduced so mud flats appear in preparation for shorebird arrival.  “The birds are often very close to the shoreline which makes for exceptional viewing. A large bird blind is open for visitors to photograph and study the birds,” he explains.

Entrance fees are $6 per vehicle, or special spring birding passes are available.

New this year, on May 13th, ERCA will partner with 4th Wall Music as they present The Nature of Song at 6pm.  This outdoor performance will feature the beautiful artistry of this chamber music group set against the backdrop of the stunning marsh.  Admission for this performance is by donation, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

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