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

Activities focus on fall migration of raptors (diurnal birds of prey) and other species passing through southwestern Ontario in the vicinity of Holiday Beach Conservation Area. The local geography at Holiday Beach causes hundreds of thousands of migrating raptors to pass over the area during the fall migration season (late August through early December).

November 01, 2012
Gate access during November 2012 to visit the Hawk Tower at Holiday Beach
  • The steel gate at HBCA will be left open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. seven days a week.
  • The electronic (FOB) gate will be left open on duck hunting days (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) during the same hours.
  • The electronic gate will be closed on non-hunting days (Tues, Thurs, Sun). One must have an electronic FOB to enter on these days.
  • The electronic FOB is available by purchasing an annual pass at the ERCA office in Essex.

August 10, 2012
2012 Migration Calendar/Almanac Available
The 2012 HBMO Migration Calendar/Almanac includes notable HBMO migration counts, raptor ID tips, migrant species codes, and other useful HBMO information.
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August 09, 2012
The official count starts soon!
September 1 marks the starts of our official hawk counting season. Join our experienced observers on the tower and assist with the data collection. Daily results will be available.
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August 08, 2012
Save the Date!
The dates are set for the 2012 Festival of Hawks. Join us at Holiday Beach Conservation Area, September 15 & 16 and September 22 & 23 for banding demonstrations, bird adoptions and of course hawk watching on the tower. The Canadian Peregrine Foundation will be on hand with live bird both weekends.
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August 07, 2012
The HBMO Raffle is back!
Support HBMO and win a great prize! This year's grand prize is a pair of Vortex Talon HD binoculars. Get your tickets today or let us know if you'd like to help HBMO with ticket sales.
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September 27, 2011
University of Windsor students visit Holiday Beach:
Field trip gives students hands-on experience with marvel of migration
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March 19, 2003
HBMO Hawk Migration Field Manual
The HBMO Hawk Migration Field Manual is now available as a downloadable .pdf file.

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November 05, 2002
Hawks of Holiday Beach, 2nd Edition is now available!
This publication provides a comprehensive guide to the raptors observed at Holiday Beach.

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