Two new events to complement Holiday Beach’s Hawk Fest

 

Author Joel Greenberg will be coming to this region to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction. "An Evening with Joel Greenberg will be held Sept. 18 as part of Hawk Fest at Holiday Beach. (Submitted photo)

Author Joel Greenberg will be coming to this region to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction. “An Evening with Joel Greenberg will be held Sept. 18 as part of Hawk Fest at Holiday Beach. (Submitted photo)

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) is introducing two new events to complement this year’s Hawk Fest.

Holiday Beach is renowned for the hundreds of egrets come in to roost at Holiday Beach Conservation Area each fall. ERCA will host an Egret Evening Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m., where outdoors at Holiday Beach, guests can enjoy a locally sourced meal of Lake Erie Perch and chicken from Black Jack’s Gastrovan and a glass of wine from Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards.

Dr. Chip Weseloh, retired from the Canadian Wildlife Service, has conducted significant research on this amazing egret roost and plans call for him to share his expertise with guests atop the Hawk Tower as the egrets come in to roost. Advance tickets must be purchased for this event and are available at www.egretevening.eventbrite.ca. ERCA staff cautions that with all wildlife viewing in natural settings, there can be no guarantee of these sightings.

ERCA also presents “An Evening with Joel Greenberg,” author of “A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.” That event is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. This book has been called “a parable for our time” by Dr. David Suzuki. Greenberg has been a leader in Project Passenger Pigeon to commemorate the anniversary of the species’ extinction.

According to ERCA, the Passenger Pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America, and possibly the world.  In September 1914 – exactly 100 years ago, the last of the species died, marking the extinction of this unique bird.

A selection of h’ors doerves will be served, as well as a complimentary glass of wine for guests of age, and a cash wine bar. Greenberg’s talk will highlight the life and legacy of the Passenger Pigeon, and relate it to modern day conservation efforts. Greenberg’s book will be available for purchase at the event. There will also be an opportunity for book signing by the author.  A limited number of tickets at just $40 per person are available but must be purchased in advance at https://joelgreenbergevening.eventbrite.ca.

The Holiday Beach Hawk Fest is hosted annually in partnership with the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory.  ERCA invites the public to visit the park Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21 to witness the migration spectacle. Experts on the tower help to identify raptors as they migrate. The public will also be able to see live birds of prey up close and get a chance to adopt a raptor as they are released back into the wild.  There will be lots of great activities for families, experts and novice birders, ERCA states. Holiday Beach was named by Audubon Magazine as the third best site in North America for raptor viewing.

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