World class birding

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Prince Edward County is a world class birding location!

To date, over 370 species have been spotted. One of the finest birding areas in Ontario during migration is located at the southeastern tip of the island at Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. The beaches of Sandbanks and the bluffs in the conservation areas are just a few of the other opportunities. And don’t miss Bird House City, just outside Picton at Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area.

The Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada designated Prince Edward Point as a Globally Important Birding Area (IBA) in 1998.

The points of land along the southern shore especially, provide excellent birding opportunities during the spring migration. Point Petre, Salmon Point, West Point (Sandbanks Provincial Park), and Huyck’s Point have all been identified as important focal points to view migrating birds. Of all the points of land sprinkled along the south shore of the county, Prince Edward Point, located at the extreme southeastern end of the Long Point Peninsula in South Marysburgh Township, has been identified as the most important. Because of its importance, Prince Edward Point was set aside as a National Wildlife Area by the Canadian Wildlife Service in 1978.

The wide diversity of habitat in Prince Edward County also accounts for the large number of species that visit here. Limestone ledges, sandy and rocky shorelines, open fields, deciduous and coniferous woods, small and large lakes and ponds, alvars, and wetlands all provide an inviting environment.

For Guided Tours and more …


County Outings & Workshops

Year-round guided tours & educational workshops. Photography, nature hikes, adventure sports …
Contact: Phil Norton
4 Chapel St. Picton
Ph: (613) 476-1167
Email: [email protected]Visit Phil’s website for details and schedule

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

Visit our website for:

  • upcoming events
  • volunteer opportunities
  • new sightings
  • birdbanding
  • educational tours
  • spring birding festival

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.

As a member of the Canadian Migration monitoring network, PEPtBO’s main objective is monitoring of avian migrating populations.  The banding laboratory operates from dawn for 6 hours, every day (inclement weather, excepting) in the spring and fall.  Northern Saw whet Owls are banded at night in October.  Visitors are always welcome to watch as birds are being measured and banded.  PEPtBO is also the Caretaker for the PEC South Shore Important Bird Area.


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