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Bird Watching

Bird Watching at Point Pelee
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Thousands of International ‘Flights' Daily!

Point Pelee National Park has long been recognized as a world-class birding site with more than 390 species recorded in the park's birding area. Bird migration was the reason Point Pelee became a national park in 1918 and has since garnered international recognition as an “Important Bird Area” and a UNESCO designated “Wetland of International Significance”. While significant breeding birds call the park home, Point Pelee's greatest importance is to migratory species moving through in spring and fall.

The Festival of Birds delivers public appreciation and understanding for migratory birds and their habitats, boosts local economies and encourages environmental education.

Whether you're a beginner birder, or one who's really into this popular past-time, our hikes during the Festival of Birds are a great way to familiarize yourself with the park, meet others who share your interests, and, of course, see first-hand the cascade of colour gracing our beautiful blooming forests each spring.

Did you know?

  • Point Pelee's been coined “The Warbler Capital of Canada” - 42 out of 52 warblers have been recorded here and 36 are seen here each spring.
  • 80 percent of the birds species recorded for the province of Ontario have been recorded at least once in the Point Pelee Birding Area.
  • The park is one of the Top 15 Birding spots in North America, awarded by Birder's World Magazine, October 2002.
  • World renowned for its bird and butterfly migrations, the park is a UNESCO designated Wetland of International Significance and protects the Carolinian life zone of the St. Laurence Lowlands, the southern most ecological region of Canada.
  • Some say...“The Park was built by the birds”

Birdwatching Etiquette

Birdwatching Etiquette
© Parks Canada / Credit photo Max Wedge

Point Pelee National Park endorses the American Birding Association's Code of Ethics (available at the Visitor Centre or online at ) and we encourage all visitors to do the same. Protecting significant landscapes and species is a cornerstone of the national parks programs and as such, some birding practices are not appropriate here. To minimize stress on these tiny and sometimes exhausted migrants we ask visitors to:

  • Avoid flushing or cornering bird
  • Do not use recordings or other methods of attracting birds
  • Use designated trails and footpaths