Daily Programs

Check out the calendar for presentation times and topics
Programs included with park admission
 

Lunch & Learn Sessions

 

At noon, bring you lunch to the Visitor Centre theatre, where our experts  will present informative programs. The sessions will focus on various topics, from birding basics to bird song identification. Check the calendar. Topics this year include:

 

  • Songbirds - Beyond Warblers -  Sarah Rupert
    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 Point Pelee in the spring.  From vireos to orioles, we have it covered.
    Program provided by Parks Canada


  • Birding 101 - Sarah Rupert
    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


  • Sparrow ID -  Sarah Rupert
    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


  •  Warbler ID -  Sarah Rupert
    Finding things a little confusing in the warbler capital of Canada? Sarah will help you unravel the mysteries of warbler identification and share her tips and tricks for the field.
    Program provided by Parks Canada


  • Birding by Ear - Justin Peter
    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


  • Shorebird ID - Jean Iron 
    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 Quest Nature Tours.


  • Hawk ID - Chris Earley
    Learn the basics of raptor identification, both perched and in flight.
    Program provided by Quest Nature Tours (May 14)


  • Birding in Essex County - Paul Pratt 
    Essex County has many hidden birding hotspots.  Join Paul Pratt and learn about some of the best places outside Point Pelee National Park to go birding.
    Program provided by Parks Canada.


  • Gull ID - Justin Peter
    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


  • Monarch Migration - Terry Whitman
    Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico and follow many of the same "pathways" as raptors. When the raptors slow down at Rosetta McClain, guess what we do? We start tagging monarchs! Our tagging season runs from August 15th into early October or until we run out of tags or migrating monarchs!  Over the last 5 years we have tagged 5000 monarchs at Rosetta McClain gardens and have had about 40 recoveries in Mexico.  Each one tells a story!  Come listen to the research we are doing at Rosetta McClain on monarch butterflies which includes classifying, weighing and taking the monarchs temperature!  Is there a connection between monarchs and raptors?  You'll see!


  • Urban Birding - David Darrell-Lambert
    Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico and follow many of the same "pathways" as raptors. When the raptors slow down at Rosetta McClain, guess what we do? We start tagging monarchs! Our tagging season runs from August 15th into early October or until we run out of tags or migrating monarchs! Over the last 5 years we have tagged 5000 monarchs at Rosetta McClain gardens and have had about 40 recoveries in Mexico. Each one tells a story! Come listen to the research we are doing at Rosetta McClain on monarch butterflies which includes classifying, weighing and taking the monarchs temperature! Is there a connection between monarchs and raptors? You'll see!


  • Nature Photography - Tim Arthur
    Are you starting out with nature photography and looking for some tips and tricks? Join Ontario naturalist Tim Arthur for a presentation and learn how he has captured some amazing images of Ontario wildlife and that you can too!


  • The Best Places to Bird in Ontario - Mike and Ken Burrell
    Mike and Ken will introduce you to the top 30 birding locations in Ontario. They share information about hard to find species and their experiences birding along the way. Mike and Ken will be on hand afterwards to sign copies of their new book "Best Places to Bird in Ontario".


  • Berries, Bugs and Seeds: How to Create Native Plant Habitat for Birds - Lorraine Johnson
    In this illustrated talk, author Lorraine Johnson discusses how to attract, feed and protect birds in our home landscapes through biodiverse plantings of native trees, shrubs and flowers that are easy to maintain and beautiful to look at.

 


 

Wildflower Walks

Give your neck a break.  Stroll on a trail and learn about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in May.
Wednesday to Sunday, 1:30 pm
Meet at the Visitor Centre



 

Shorebird Celebration

Want to learn the basics of shorebird identification?  Hillman Marsh Conservation area provides one of the best locations for shorebird observation in Essex County during spring migration.  Join volunteers from the Ontario Field Ornithologists at the Hillman Marsh Shorebird Cell, managed by the Essex Region Conservation Authority.  


May 1- 20 (except Mondays): 3 to 5 pm

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area

Cost: entrance fee, no registration required.



 

100 Species Challenge

 

One of the best parts about birding at Point Pelee during the Festival of Birds is the diversity of species you can see during your visit. On a really good day, with a little hard work, 100 species is not an impossible goal. Why not take the 100 species challenge while you're visiting - not only will you have fun, you will also receive a limited edition 2019 challenge pin.
The rules are simple - count the number of bird species you see during your visit to Point Pelee.

 




100 Species Challenge

Birder Breakfast and Lunch

Birder Breakfast and Lunch

Point Pelee National Park




CONTACT


Friends of Point Pelee
Phone: 888-707-3533

Point Pelee National Park
Phone: 888-773-8888
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