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Spring Birding Festival

May 12, 2018 - May 21, 2018

Birding Festival

The PEPtBO Spring Birding Festival runs from May 12 to 21, 2018. Events include guided walks and tours, workshops, and banding demonstrations.

The Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada designated The County as an important global birding area (IBA) in 1998. The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is located along the eastern tip of Prince Edward County about 20 minutes southeast of Picton, Ontario in a National Wildlife Area.

For more information on birding, including Spring-time bird banding demonstrations, and Fall Northern saw-whet owl banding, visit the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory website:

(These  Main Events are free!)
DRESS AS YOU WOULD FOR A HIKE IN THE WOODS. Be prepared for uneven terrain.

Saturday, May 12 – World Migratory Bird Day. Join us for Swallow Day! This free event for the whole family begins at 10 AM at the Observatory with crafts and games led by educator Cheryl Chapman. At 12 noon, hear well-known birder Terry Sprague’s presentation about swallows. Visit the Bird Observatory and our hospitality tent for information, refreshments, recent sightings and banding demonstrations (dawn to 1 PM each day of the Festival)

Sunday, May 13 – Sunday, May 20: Big Week in the IBA Be a part of our ‘Big Week’. Everyone is invited to pick up a
checklist/map at the Observatory and submit lists of species observed in the South Shore IBA during the week. A wrap-up will be held Sunday May 20 at noon with prizes awarded. Help us beat our total of 121 species found last year!

Monday, May 21 – Birding the South Shore IBA. Join Peter Fuller as we explore the South Shore IBA starting at
5:30 AM at Lighthall Marsh for wetland species and then visit grassland, woodland and lakeshore, finishing in the evening listening to Whip-poor-wills and owls. Join us for part or all of the day – contact [email protected] for the

Wednesday, May 23 – Deadline for Photo Contest. Birds of Prince Edward County. See the website for full details.

Check the schedule for Guided Bird Walks and Guided Walks.


Photography Adventures  with Phil Norton
Discover the wild and authentic side of Prince Edward County. 4 – 4-hour outings with cameras and binoculars during the Birding Festival, starting Friday evening. Woodcocks and whip-poor-wills, Dutchman’s breeches and bloodroot, bluffs, bogs and coffee beside the lighthouse! Gives Terroir new meaning!!



bird lovers packageBird Lover’s Package at The Merrill Inn
Package includes Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Picnic Lunch, Birding maps & info, and a Mounted Adopt-a-Saw-whet Owl Photograph in support of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. More info }



Jacksons Falls Country InnBirding Package at Jacksons Falls Country Inn
Prince Edward County is a bird lover’s paradise in the spring and fall.
Package includes Accommodation, Early bird pack-and-go hot coffee and snack each morning. Delicious brunch and Dinner meal voucher. More info }




Lakeside LoftMay 2018 Special at Lakeside Loft
Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Three Dog Wine with a minimum two night stay at our home with a beautiful view of West Lake. There is plenty of room for the whole family while celebrating Mother’s Day or participating in the birding or Walleye Festival. The Loft is located in Wellington at 16169 Loyalist Parkway with easy access to local eateries, shopping, parks, wineries and breweries.  More information }

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Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO)
6056 Long Point Rd.
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