The annual Hillman Marsh Shorebird Celebration takes place at the Hillman Marsh Conservation Area in Leamington Ontario from May 1 to May 21 2023.
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 diverse habitats of Hillman Marsh attract and support marsh, shore and field birds such as herons, egrets, terns, songbirds, waterfowl, and birds of prey.
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, offering outstanding viewing opportunities.
The walking trails, nature centre, washrooms and viewing towers at Hillman Marsh can be accessed from the main entrance. There are also bird identification signs at the shelter highlighting distinguishing characteristics and a variety of species that frequent the area.
Join us for specific programs, (schedule coming soon). or come and go on your own. If you want to learn the basics of shorebird identification, join volunteers from the Ontario Field Ornithologists on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3pm – 5pm at the Hillman Marsh Shorebird Habitat.
Hillman Marsh Conservation Area is located just minutes from Point Pelee National Park. With 5 kilometres of trails around this precious marshland habitat.
Entry is $6 per vehicle.