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” - 43 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.

Birding and photography ethics

Point Pelee National Park strives to provide opportunities to experience bird migration, while ensuring the protection birds and their habitats. Follow these guidelines to protect birds and their habitats.

  • Keep disturbance to a minimum. Some species can tolerate human activity, while others are extremely sensitive. Migrants are especially sensitive to disturbance as they may be tired and hungry – allow them time to rest and feed.
  • Rare birds are exciting, but consider the circumstances of the sighting before widely releasing the information. If you are unsure consult with park staff. Report and document your sightings.
  • While the use of recordings is acceptable in some locations, it is not suitable in heavily birded areas like Point Pelee. Use of recordings is prohibited.
  • Use artificial light sources (ex. flash) sparingly when filming and photographing birds, especially for close-ups and never use flash with owls.
  • Do not alter habitat or nesting sites to optimize photographic opportunities.
  • Stay on designated trails. Seasonal footpaths are marked with orange flagging tape. No matter how established a trail might seem, don’t use it unless it is properly marked.
  • Respect trail closures and regenerating sites. Restoration projects that will benefit bird habitat sometimes require temporary closures.
  • Report all nests of birds considered species at risk to park staff. Never publically promote these nesting locations.

Respect others:

  • Follow all park rules, including parking, trail use and speed limits.
  • Feeding wildlife in a national park is prohibited.
  • Practice common courtesy with all visitors you encounter.
  • Limit use and volume of two-way radios and other communications devices.
  • Ensure your equipment (ex. tripods) does not impede the movement of other visitors.

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