Two New Events to Complement the 2014 Festival of Hawks

As the popularity of birding continues to grow, the Essex Region Conservation Authority is introducing two new events to complement the always popular Festival of Hawks 2014.

Egret Evening

GreatEgretOn Saturday, September 13 at 5:30pm, ERCA will host an Egret Evening, where outdoors at Holiday Beach, guests can enjoy a locally sourced meal of Lake Erie Perch and chicken from Black Jack’s Gastrovan and a glass of wine from Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards. Dr. Chip Weseloh, retired from the Canadian Wildlife Service, has conducted significant research on this amazing Egret roost and will share his expertise with our guests atop the Hawk Tower as the Egrets come in to roost. Advance tickets must be purchased for this event and are available at Please note: like with all wildlife viewing in natural settings, there can be no guarantee of these sightings. Continue reading

Festival of Hawks 2014 – Save the Dates!

9143756901_1942655333_oMark your calendars for the 2014 Festival of Hawks!

September 13 & 14
September 20 & 21

Live raptor shows, banding demonstrations, free workshops and hikes. Bird identification, adopt-a-hawk programs, nature crafts and activities. Learn about the spectacular migration at Holiday Beach, ranked as the top hawk watching site in Canada by Audubon Magazine, and the third best in all of North America.

More details will be posted here so stay tuned!