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One of the premier areas for viewing marsh life, this 850-acre marsh is located on County Rd. 20 in Leamington, just minutes from Point Pelee National Park. It boasts an amazing nature centre and more than 5 kilometres of nature trails that wind through this significant marsh. The diverse habitats attract marsh, shore and field birds and a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Over one hundred species of birds use Hillman as a migration stopover, which draws sandpipers, ducks, warblers and frequently spotted annual rarities such as the Yellow-headed Blackbird, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Eurasian Wigeon, Glossy Ibis and Eastern Kingbird. A birding trail borders the world renowned managed Shorebird Habitat, where mud flats attract a wide variety of shorebirds, songbirds and waterfowl, including many rare species. This site provides excellent birding in both spring and fall, or a great family opportunity to discover and enjoy nature. Visit the Shore and Songbird Celebration held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, where experts and novice birders alike can get up close with songbirds during the banding demonstrations.