May 1 - May 21
Bird enthusiasts from around the world make Leamington, Ontario, one of their bucket-list destinations each May, and Hillman Marsh is ready to greet these guests at the Shorebird Celebration! Join experts from the Ontario Field Ornithologists at the Shorebird Viewing Shelter to help guests identify these stunning creatures from 3 – 5 pm daily (except Mondays).
Witnessing migration activity at the Shorebird Celebration in May is one of the highlights of this area. The diverse habitats of Hillman Marsh attract and support marsh, shore, and field birds, such as herons, egrets, terns, songbirds and ducks as well as a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Over one hundred species of birds use Hillman as a migration stopover which draws sandpipers, ducks, warblers, and frequently spotted annual rarities, such as the Yellow-headed Blackbird, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Eurasian Wigeon, Glossy Ibis, and Eastern Kingbird.
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. 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.
Hillman Marsh Conservation Area is located just minutes from Point Pelee National Park. With 5 kilometres of trails around this precious marshland habitat, Hillman Marsh draws wildlife and people from both near and far. The walking trails, nature centre, washrooms, and viewing towers at Hillman Marsh can be accessed from the main entrance.
Entry is $6 per vehicle.