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Festival of Birds

Tuesday, May 1 to Monday, May 21

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Located at the crossroads of major migration routes, Point Pelee National Park welcomes thousands of birds and birdwatchers alike each spring. Dedicated to the protection and presentation of this unique part of Canada, Point Pelee National Park is home to a diversity of species seen few other places in the country. The best time to see the greatest diversity of songbirds is the first three weeks of May. Forty-two (42) of the 55 regularly occurring warbler species in North America have been recorded at Point Pelee.


Click here to view the 2018 Spring Birding Guide from Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island including special events, offers, and birding hot spots!

BIRDING HIKES
Join an experienced hike leader for a two-hour hike you’ll never forget.
• Morning and afternoon birding hikes leave from the Visitor Centre and focus on songbirds.
• North End hikes begin at the Northwest Beach, and catch up with migrating song birds in the north end of the park.
• Twilight hikes explore the DeLaurier Trail, with the chance to view the courtship display of the American Woodcock.
Cost: $20/person. Max. 12 people / hike. All hikes require pre-registration.
For more information and to make a hike reservation, contact Friends of Point Pelee at 519-326-6173

LUNCH & LEARN SESSIONS
Grab your lunch and join our experts in the Visitor Centre theatre for an informative presentation.
Topics include:
Birding by Ear • Warbler ID • Hawk ID
• Shorebird ID • Sparrow ID • Gull ID No Registration Required

WILDFLOWER WALKS
Give your neck a break. Stroll on a trail and learn about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in May.
Wednesday to Sunday, 1:30 pm, Visitor Centre. No registration required.

100 SPECIES CHALLENGE
We’re taking the 100 Species Challenge to a whole new level this year.  As part of Point Pelee 100 we’ve introduced 3 different levels to the challenge,  Gold for 100 species in a day, Silver for 100 species in 2 days and Bronze for 100 species in 3 or more days. Get out and start checking off your list.

NEW THIS YEAR – THE BIG SIT
May 12, 5 am to 5 pm
In the tradition of Taverner and Swales and more recently Wormington and Ridout, the Big Sit is back in 2018.  From 5 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 12, the Ontario Field Ornithologists’ Celebrity Birders will be stationed at the Tip, counting all the species they can for their fundraising bird-a-thon.  Join Tom Hince, Paul Pratt and Bruce DiLabio and help spot some birds, drop in for a chat or make a pledge – keep an eye out for the “three old dudes” in comfy chairs.  All proceeds from the bird-a-thon supports Birds Studies Canada and the Ontario Field Ornithologists.


Venue: Point Pelee National Park

1118 Point Pelee Dr
Leamington, ON N8H 3V4 Canada

Phone: 519-322-2365

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