About HBMO


Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) is a non-profit volunteer organization with Canadian Registered Charity number 849770854RR0001.  HBMO is  dedicated to the study and long-term monitoring of migratory bird populations during the spring and  fall seasons.

HBMO is headquartered at the Holiday Beach Conservation Area (HBCA) in the Big Creek Marsh watershed.  This internationally recognized Important Bird Area, IBA, is owned and operated by Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA).

Through research and education programs and undertaking various projects, HBMO strives to contribute to the greater understanding of migration and conservation of birds and insects and their habitats including the following undertakings:

  • Conduct volunteer banding research programs on songbirds, hawks, saw-whet owls, and monarch butterflies
  • Volunteer and paid monitoring point count program of fall migrant raptors and other species.  The information collected by the observers is analyzed locally and in cooperation with the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).
  • Provide training to and encourage others to become HBMO members and to participate in our research programs.  We maintain highly professional and scientific standards while conducting these programs
  • Provide educational and research opportunities to researchers, governmental agencies, and the public through events, workshops, newsletters, national and international publications and the Internet
  • Provide appropriate researchers data through established guidelines for their use

Please see the HBMO Membership Page for information about joining HBMO.