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The Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) is a volunteer, non-profit membership organization formed in 1986 to promote the study and protection of migrating birds.

The primary activity of HBMO is the scientific study of fall raptor migrations through counting and banding of hawks at Holiday Beach Conservation Area (HBCA) in Essex County of Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Holiday Beach is located on the north shore of Lake Erie, near the Detroit River.

Observers attempt to record exact numbers of all migrant bird species that fly over the site during daylight hours from late August to early December. The information collected by these volunteer observers is analyzed locally and in cooperation with the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).

Additional HBMO activities include education programs, workshops, and the counting of fall migrant non-raptors and banding of passerines.

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