Festival of Hawks
September 12 @ 9:00 am - September 13 @ 3:00 pm EDT
Enjoy Festival of Hawks over two weekends in September from 9 am to 3 pm daily. Join experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) for this natural spectacle. Watch thousands of birds of prey flying overheard. Take in free programs hosted by local experts covering a wide range of birding and nature related topics, and see live hawks and owls up-close. A great family event for experts and amateurs alike.
HBMO experts will be on-site conducting hawk banding and adoptions. Event goers will get up-close and personal to a variety of raptors as experts measure, tag, and then release these birds back into the wild. Visitors will also be in awe at the live raptor display of Kingsport Environmental, a local organization that rescues and rehabilitates raptors and promotes falconry through education programs.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area has serviced seasonal campsites, a stunning rental cottage, new showers and washrooms, large shady picnic areas, a playground, nature trails, boardwalk, and three-story observation tower. It is also one of the sites at which Conservation Education Field Studies are conducted.
Holiday Beach and Big Creek Conservation Areas received international recognition in 2000 as a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA), joining BirdLife International’s global network of IBA sites. The designation is as a result of the significance of the area for raptor migration and as a known breeding area for Prothonotary Warblers (a nationally endangered species).
Entry cost is $10/car collected by a credit-card friendly automated gate. The park is open for day use from 6am – 8pm daily, from mid-April – Thanksgiving annually.