Point Pelee National Park is closed to all visitors until June 13. Click here for more information.

Join us online May 1 to May 18, 2020, as we adapt this annual spring celebration to support the call to Canadians to #StayHome.

  • Follow our Facebook page to learn more about spring migratory species
  • Listen in to our virtual lunch and learn sessions
  • Participate in the 100% From Home Challenge and explore the world of birding from your own backyard or neighbourhood
  • Listen to the sounds of the park through a live sound feed

Learn about Spring Migration

Follow us on Facebook where we will be sharing ID tips, interesting facts, and amazing images on some of our favourite spring migrants, many that you can see form your own yard or window!

Virtual Lunch and Learn Sessions

Participate from the comfort of your own home and learn from birding experts on various topics from birding basics to bird song identification. Our presenters will be airing in real-time to provide a unique, educational experience for everyone to enjoy. We are proud to offer the following topics during the virtual festival:

Parks Canada Live Talks

To view the live talk, make sure you are following Point Pelee National Park on Facebook. Visit our page here at the given time of each session and join the live feed.

Birding 101 (Available in English and French)
Presenters: Sarah Rupert and Emma Burbidge
Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: Noon - 1 pm

Are you new to birding - this is the program for you! Sarah will outline the basics of bird identification, key tools and secrets to successful birding at Point Pelee. Program provided by Parks Canada

Warbler ID (Available in English and French)
Presenters: Sarah Rupert and Emma Burbidge
Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: Noon - 1 pm

Finding warblers a little confusing? Sarah will help you unravel the mysteries of warbler identification and share her tips and tricks for the field. Program provided by Parks Canada

Sparrow ID (Available in English and French)
Presenters: Sarah Rupert
Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sparrows are one of the hardest groups of birds to learn. Do these little brown birds leave you scratching your head? Sarah will help you sort them out. Program provided by Parks Canada

Songbirds (Available in English and French)
Presenters: Sarah Rupert and Emma Burbidge
Date: Monday, May 18
Time: Noon - 1 pm

There are many different species of songbirds beyond warblers. You'll have the chance to learn more about these other songsters that are migrating through Southern Ontario in the spring. From vireos to orioles, we have it covered. Program provided by Parks Canada

Quest Nature Tours Live Talks

Quest will be offering live presentations throughout May! Be sure to register for the individual sessions you want to attend by clicking on the registration links below.

Birding by Ear – Justin Peter (English only)
Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: Noon - 1 pm
To register, click here.

Bird vocalizations offer a whole new dimension to finding birds and identifying them! Join Justin to learn the basics of 'birding by ear'. He will share some techniques to get our ears and minds attuned to bird sounds. We'll then perform some fun exercises together to put our skills to the test. Program provided by Quest Nature Tours

Hooray for Hawks – Chris Earley (English only)
Date: Friday, May 8
Time: Noon - 1 pm
To register, click here.

Learn the basics of raptor identification, both perched and in flight. Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

Gull ID – Justin Peter (English only)
Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: Noon - 1 pm
To register, click here.

Gull identification can be daunting when you first start out, and it can seem easier to avoid looking at them entirely! However, gulls offer a treasure trove of entertainment for those who dare to venture into gull identification. After this presentation, you'll have the tools to begin confidently identifying gulls so that you can approach this group of birds with enthusiasm! Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

Backyard Bird Feeding – Chris Earley (English only)
Date: Friday, May 15
Time: Noon - 1 pm
To register, click here.

Join Chris Earley and learn about birding feeding in your backyard. Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

100% From Home Challenge

Every year Point Pelee National Park awards pins for visitors who spot 100 species at the Park. While we can’t physically be together at the park this spring, there’s still a way to earn this special pin. We are challenging you to bird 100% from home! Spot as many birds as you can in your own backyard, from your balcony or in your neighbourhood, and take note of the species you see. Once full visitor services resume at Point Pelee National Park, bring your list with you the next time you visit to receive your pin that features a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (*note that pins quantities are limited ), even if it’s during Festival of Birds 2021!

  • Do I need an official Point Pelee National Park checklist to participate? No! You can use your own notebook, phone, or scrap piece of paper!
  • How long do we have to add to this list? Add to your list all spring long!
  • Is it still 100 species? No, just challenge yourself to find as many species as you can while staying home!
  • Is there a radius? Parameters? As we encourage all Canadians to stay home, birds should be spotted within your property, from your balcony, or from your immediate neighbourhood.
Soundscapes of Point Pelee

Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of the park by visiting a live sound feed installed at the Visitor Centre. Visit the Locus Sonus Stream Project sound map, find Point Pelee National Park, and click on the icon to listen to the park. Tip: The sound map may not work on certain browsers. We recommend playing from Chrome.