The 2021 Festival of Birds at Point Pelee National Park has been cancelled as part of an ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Canadians, visitors, festival partners, and staff.

During the spring migration, Point Pelee National Park will offer virtual programming. We encourage you to bird in your local area this year and to spot as many birds as you can in your own backyard, from your balcony or in your neighbourhood!

Join us online May 1 to May 24, 2021, as celebrate spring bird migration digitally. 

Learn about Spring Migration

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

Virtual Lunch and Learn Sessions

Participate from the comfort of your own home and learn from birding experts on various topics. Our presenters will be airing in real-time to provide a unique, educational experience for everyone to enjoy.

Parks Canada live talks

To view the live talk, make sure you are following Point Pelee National Park on Facebook. Visit our page 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 1
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.

Songbirds (Available in English and French)

Presenters: Sarah Rupert and Emma Burbidge
Date: Saturday, May 8
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.

Warbler ID (Available in English and French)

Presenters: Sarah Rupert and Emma Burbidge
Date: Tuesday, May 11
Time: 7 – 8 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)

Presenter: Sarah Rupert
Date: Sunday, May 16
Time: 11 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 2 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.

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 (English only)

Presenter: Justin Peter
Date: Wednesday, May 5
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Bird vocalizations offer a whole new dimension to finding birds and identifying them! Join Justin to learn the basics of 'birding by ear'. He'll 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.

Register for the talk.

Gull ID (English only)

Presenter: Justin Peter
Date: Thursday, May 13
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

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.

Register for the talk.

Ontario Field Ornithologists live talk

 Shorebird ID (English only)

Presenter: Jean Iron
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 7 - 8 pm

This workshop covers 28 regularly occurring spring migrant and breeding shorebirds, plus 8 rarer species that migrate through southern Ontario to their Arctic breeding grounds. The focus will be on Point Pelee area shorebirds. This workshop is loaded with tips to sharpen identification skills, and you will increase your knowledge of shorebird molts, plumages and aging. Learn to identify shorebirds by using diagnostic field marks supplemented by jizz or giss - general impression of size and shape. Test your new knowledge by doing interactive shorebird quizzes. Find out the best spots to see shorebirds in spring.
Program provided by Ontario Field Ornithologists.
Watch the session on Facebook Live here.

Will the Park be Open?

Although the park remains open in May, visitors should not expect the same kind of experience they’ve had in the past. Vehicle access, parking and visitor services are significantly reduced. Parks Canada strongly advises all visitors to act in accordance with the provincial restrictions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by travelling no farther than necessary to access outdoor spaces.