Bring your family and your camera to HAWKFEST 2013.
See hawks in the sky and meet a few at Lake Erie Metropark’s “24th Annual Hawkfest,” a two-day celebration of the annual fall migration of birds of prey - hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures - on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Each September, tens of thousands of broad-winged hawks pass over the park, which is designated as an Important Bird Area and one of the premier hawk watching sites in North America. All together, about 16 or 17 different species of migrating birds of prey fly overhead during the fall migration season. Hawk watchers will be counting migrating raptors, and their spotting scopes can be used to take a peek at birds in the sky. Typically, 200,000 birds of prey migrate over Lake Erie Metropark from September through November on their southward journey.
The event will be held at the Marshlands Museum and Nature Center of Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township. Registration is not required.
A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter Lake Erie Metropark. For more information, contact the museum at[masked] or locally (734) 379-5020.
If you can't go on Sunday, feel free to go on Saturday.
Lake Erie MetroPark Hawkfest Event
A list of events will be listed here when it becomes available. Feel free to attend the events as you wish. I expect there to be birds on display as well a classroom opportunities. Due to low attendance in the past, they have cancelled the breakfast this year.
FOOD: If you plan on staying past the lunch hour, plan on packing a lunch and/or bringing snacks unless you like hot dogs and chips. In the past, there has been a hot dog vendor on site. This has not been confirmed this year, so plan accordingly.