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24th Annual Hawkfest - Lake Erie MetroPark

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.

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  • Christino


    September 22, 2013

  • Vess

    They sell hot dogs $2, chip $1 and water, pop, some sweets if you get hungry. Boat launch is where they catch the birds. There weren't many in flight, but tomorrow might be better. Weather was bit cloudy today.

    September 21, 2013

    • Vess

      please check the schedule prior because many different things are happening.

      September 21, 2013

    • Vess

      its posted on their event page

      September 21, 2013

  • Vess

    Hawkfest was great today, Saturday. Sunday should be even better. They were able to catch one hawk and we saw him being released after putting a tracking device on him. There is an owl, Vulture, Red Tail hawk, and many more. The Eagle is in a cage but you can get a good picture but would have a little soft effect due to wire. Education wise also amazing they were showing different species how to recognize each bird of prey and so on.

    September 21, 2013

  • Pravin S.

    Anyone planning to go on Saturday?

    September 16, 2013

  • Patrick H.

    Sorry rescheduled 16th bday party for my son takes precedence.

    September 18, 2013

  • Liz

    Any ladies in Ann Arbor interested in carpooling?

    August 20, 2013

  • Liz

    Not sure now. Location may be a problem.

    August 17, 2013

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