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Spring Bird Watching Festivals

The songbirds are returning and bringing spring with them!

Attend a bird banding demonstration, attend a nature photography workshop, or sign up for a bird-themed walk with the park’s naturalists.

If you love songbirds, you won’t want to miss the spring birding festivals in Ontario parks:

Festival of Flight: May 1-19, 2019

Rondeau Provincial Park

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Come celebrate the spring songbird migration with a birdwatcher breakfast and lunch, guided bird walks, and a 24-hour “Big Day” competition (May 4).

For more information or to register for guided bird walks, call the Rondeau Visitor Center at 519-674-1768 or see the full calendar.

Warbler and Whimbrel Weekend: May 18-19, 2019

Peninsula Provincial Park

Watch for the elusive Whimbrel and the many colorful warblers as they migrate to their northern nesting grounds. Enjoy bird walks at 6:30 am, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily, bird banding from 8:00 am to noon, a raffle, and evening programs.

The Lighthouse Center and Friends Gift Shop will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (don’t miss the Friends Fundraising BBQ at 11:00 am!).

Migration Weekend: May 17-20, 2019

Pinery Provincial Park

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In the midst of spring migration, experience birds through the eyes of expert local birders and park naturalists. Join guided bird walks or witness bird banding in action at the Visitor Center!

Please see the activity schedule for program details.

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Huron Fringe Bird Watching Festival: May 24-27 and May 30-June 2

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

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Presented by Friends of MacGregor Point Park and based in the park, this festival takes its name from the migratory corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This “Huron Strip” along the Lake Huron shoreline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in early spring. At the end of the migration period, birds are in their nests, migrants are everywhere, insects are abundant, and wildflowers begin to bloom.

Morning activities are filled with guided walks that focus not only on birds but also wildflowers, butterflies and insects, inside and outside the park. Afternoons feature additional walks, workshops on bird identification and nature photography, plus other natural interests. Special events include a banquet with a special guest speaker. Evening highlights include illustrated programs with excellent presenters and night walks.

If you have questions about the Festival or the registration process, please visit the Friends website or contact our official registrar by email.

Other “feather” events

Our parks add new events all the time, including:

Check out our Event Calendar for more birding adventures near you.