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:


  • Getting into Birding -  Jody Allair
    Are you interested in starting birding and don't know where to start?  This program will get you headed in the right direction.  Join Jody Allair from Bird Studies Canada, and learn how to bird, where to go to find birds, with a theatre program followed by a short, hands-on walk.
    Program provided by Southwest Ontario Tourism

  • 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.

  •  POINT PELEE: The Park that birds and birders built - Tom Hince
    May 29th, 2018 will be a day for birders to celebrate. A hundred years tothe day, one of the continent's greatest birding meccas - Point Pelee, Canada- officially became a National Park. Long before fancy Apps, technical field clothes, and cutting edge optics, birders like Percy Taverner andWilliam Saunders painstakingly documented the spectacle of migration on LakeErie's north shore. Without their vision, passion, and determination, anational park would likely be wall to wall cottages with no publicaccess. Come and celebrate a century of birding on the point!

  • Kirtland's Warbler in Ontario - Peter Burke
    One of the globe's rarest songbirds is native to our pine-oak forests of southern Ontario. Once driven to a low of 167 singing males in 1986, Kirtland's Warbler populations are recovering thanks to active forest management, and the population now stands at over 5000 birds. These small insect-eaters spend their summer raising young in early successional stands of oak and pine, and migrate to the archipelago of the Bahamas for the winter.

    Recovery efforts by the US Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife in the state of Michigan have been responsible for the continued existence of this species. By carefully managing state lands to provide continuous breeding habitat, they have been able to dramatically increase the population in the past 30 years. Here's where Ontario comes in- the landscape of south-central portions of the province were once home to the habitat preferred by Kirtland's. A full suite of other species, some also now rare, is tied to this very scare ecological community. Dramatic landscape changes introduced by European colonization have reduced this forest type and associated native ground cover to the point that it has all but disappeared from Ontario.

    Thanks to support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the County of Simcoe, Ministry of Natural Resources, American Forests, Gartshore Environmental Restoration and Savanta Inc., a pilot project has been initiated on 42 ha of County lands near Midhurst, to help re-establish this habitat back on the Ontario landscape. The three-year project will involve the removal of invasive and alien plant species, plans for a controlled burn, collection and planting of native seed of up to 75 species, and replanting of 140,000 native oaks and pines, all based around a Simcoe County educational facility where people can learn about this exciting project. Savanta Senior Ecologist Peter Burke has been actively engaged from the beginning of the initial stages of establishing a pilot project and continues to act in an important role towards achieving the project goals and recovery of Kirtland's Warbler. Peter will discuss the project's background and what the potential outcomes are for this charismatic species in southern Ontario and Canada.

  • Breaking Birding Boundaries: My 2017 Ontario Big Year
    Point Pelee area birder and naturalist Jeremy Bensette had a very successful Big Year in 2017, travelling to the far reaches of his home province of Ontario in pursuit of every bird species he could possibly cross paths with. This presentation touches on many of the highlights, lowlights, statistics, results, and antics of his Big Year. Join Jeremy for a summary of his year-long competitive and very social birding journey that turned out to be so much more rewarding than he expected!



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- 21 (except Mondays): 3 to 5 pm

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area

Cost: entrance fee, no registration required.


100 Species Challenge


We're taking the 100 Species Challenge to a whole new level this year.  As part of Point Pelee 100 we've introduced 3 different levels to the challenge,  Gold for 100 species in a day, Silver for 100 species in 2 days and Bronze for 100 species in 3 or more days. Get out and start checking off your list.


Gold Level - See 100 species in a day and earn the exclusive Prothonotary Warbler pin.  Only 200 produced

Silver Level- Need a little more time - find 100 species in two days and you'll receive the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher pin.  Only 400 produced.

Bronze Level - Take your time and find your 100 species in 3 or more days and you'll get the Carolina wren pin (only 600 produced)



100 Species Challenge

Birder Breakfast and Lunch

Birder Breakfast and Lunch

Point Pelee National Park


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