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Hawkfest 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 AM until Sunday, September 21, 2014, 4:00 PM
Lake Erie Metropark
32481 West Jefferson Avenue
Brownstown, MI  
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Hawkfest 2014
See hawks in the sky and meet a few at Lake Erie Metropark’s  “25th 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 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. 
Members of the Michigan Hawking Club will bring hawks and discuss falconry..  Kids can play educational games and make crafts. 
The “HawkFeast” breakfast will be held from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Sunday at a cost of $5 per person.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
“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. Registration is not required. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter Lake Erie Metropark which is only $30 annually for regular admission, $20 annually for seniors, or $7 daily. For more information, contact the museum at 1-800-477-3189 or locally (734) 379-5020.