Point Pelee National Park is one of the best inland locations to observe bird migration. Its location on major migratory flyways and on the north shore of Lake Erie makes it a migrant trap – a place that attracts a wide diversity of species in a very small area. More than 390 species of birds have been recorded in the Point Pelee Birding Area.

When

While Point Pelee National Park is most famous for spring and fall migration, there is a good diversity of birds found in the park and surrounding area throughout the year. The peak of spring migration happens in May, when we host the Festival of Birds.

Where

Due to the park’s central location on the continent, it is often host to rare species, not typically found in this part of Canada. There are many great places to bird watch inside Point Pelee National Park and outside the park.

How

Point Pelee National Park encourages all visitors to promote the welfare of birds and their habitats and respect others by following the code of ethics:

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Avian Influenza (H5N1) 2022

This year, Canada has seen outbreaks of a highly infectious strain of avian influenza, a naturally occurring virus that affects wild and domestic birds. There has been a confirmed case of this virus in Point Pelee National Park. While it remains safe to visit the park, Parks Canada asks visitors to take the following precautions:


When visiting Point Pelee National Park

  • Never approach or handle wildlife in the park, including sick, injured or dead birds.
  • Never allow your pet to approach wildlife, including sick, injured or dead birds.
  • If you see sick, injured or deceased wildlife in Point Pelee National Park, call 1 877-852-3100 or let a staff member know.
  • Never feed wild birds from your hand or try to lure birds with food or seeds.
  • Clean all clothing and footwear before coming to the park
  • Clean/disinfect footwear before leaving the park, particularly if you raise fowl or have pet birds at home.

While at home or outside the park

  • Regularly clean indoor and outdoor bird houses, bird feeders and bird baths using a weak solution of domestic bleach (10% sodium hypochlorite), and ensure they are well rinsed and dried before re-use.
  • Remove bird feeders from areas that are open to poultry and other domestic animals.
  • Limit any travel to farms which house fowl (chickens, turkeys, ducks, etc).
  • If you encounter a sick or dead wild bird outside the park, contact the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at 866-673-4781 or report online at cwhc.wildlifesubmissions.org.

Diseases such as avian influenza are naturally occurring in wildlife populations and past outbreaks eventually declined as populations of wild birds built immunity. Parks Canada will continue to follow all health precautions and work with Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to monitor the situation.