See hawks in the sky and meet a few at Lake Erie Metropark’s “28th 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 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Huron-Clinton Metropark has instituted a new policy that requires any volunteers at their events to have a volunteer form filled out AND a waiver form returned to the volunteer coordinator, Paul Cypher. Michigan Hawking Club members will be required to fill these TWO FORMS out in order to volunteer at the club raptor booth for this year.
As a reminder, all volunteers for Hawkfest will need to fill this out and return it to Paul Cypher by
August 15, 2017.
The Link to the form is here: --> 2017 Hawkfest Metropark Volunteer Form
The Link to the Waiver Form --> Hawkfest Volunteer Waiver Form
Members of the Michigan Hawking Club will bring hawks and discuss
falconry.. Kids can play educational games and make crafts.
“Children and adults typically only see these majestic birds from
afar,” says Gerry Wykes, curator and supervising interpreter at the
Museum. “This event brings a rare opportunity to see everything from a
tiny saw-whet owl to a turkey vulture.”
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.