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 from May 1 – 20 at the Shorebird Celebration. Join experts from the Ontario Field Ornithologists at the Shorebird Viewing Shelter from 3pm – 5pm daily except Mondays to help guests identify these stunning creatures.
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. Wild rice is grown each summer and harvested in the fall, and the remaining stubble encourages organisms to proliferate and provides for the shore and water birds each spring. 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.