Events

Spring Birding Festival Program 2019

May 11-20, 2019
 (Download Printable Schedule)  (Download a Checklist) (Les oiseaux du sud de l'Ontario)

6059 Long Point Rd (County Rd 13), Prince Edward ON
 
Daily – 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Observatory:  bird banding, hospitality tent, checklists, sightings board
Photography contest: Bird Portraits or Birds in Action – details HERE - deadline is May 22, 2019
Big Week in the IBA - May 12-19:  Submit your list of species at the Observatory (free checklists available)
Walks are approx. 2-3 hr. 
 
Sat May 11 - World Migratory Bird Day 
8 a.m.  Walk Traverse Woods with Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge (meet at sign by portable toilet)
10 a.m. Walk from Observatory to the Lighthouse with Brian Joyce
3 p.m.  For the Birds—book launch reception/awards ceremony/poetry readings. Picton Branch, PEC Public Library (208 Main St. – contact Halliday at the Library: 613 399-2023)
4 p.m. Walk from Observatory to the Lighthouse with Cheryl Anderson – plastics and birds
 
Sun May 12
8 a.m.  Walk Traverse Woods with Tom Wheatley (meet at sign by portable toilet)
10 a.m. Walk from Observatory to the Lighthouse with Tom Wheatley
12 p.mBig Week in the IBA starts – Checklist and drop off box at the Observatory
 
Mon May 13
8 a.m.  Birding the County: Sandbanks Park - Prince Edward County Field Naturalists walk with park naturalist Yvette Bree (Follow County Rd. 12 to Lakeshore Lodge Rd. Meet at the end of Lakeshore Lodge Rd. Note: A season ticket to Sandbanks or any other Ontario Provincial Park is required to park inside the gate)
 
Tue May 14
8 a.m.  Guided Trip – Beaver Meadow with Juanita Hummel (Must pre-register – limited to 10 - details below)
8 a.mBirding the County:  Pt. Petre - Prince Edward County Field Naturalists walks with master bird bander and naturalist Joanne Dewey. Meet at County Rd. 24 (Point Petre Rd.) and Army Reserve Rd.

Wed May 15

8 a.m. Guided Trip – Traverse Woods with Tom Wheatley (FULL)
8 a.m. Birding the County:  Hudgin-Rose Property - Prince Edward County Field Naturalists –  with Sheila Kuja and Amy Bodman (Park on Babylon Rd at the corner of Babylon/Ostrander Pt and walk south to 191 Ostrander Pt Road - meet at the old log house)
7 p.m.  Birding the County:  Marsh Monitoring on the Millennium TrailPrince Edward Field Naturalists –  with Terry Sprague. Meet at the intersection of the Millennium Trail and Danforth Rd., across from “Heal with Horses” (997 Danforth Rd)
 
Thu May 16
8 a.mGuided Trip – South Shore Grasslands with Juanita Hummel (Must pre-register – limited to 10 - details below)
 
Fri May 17
8 a.m. Guided Trip – Beaver Meadow with Keith Gregoire (Must pre-register – limited to 10 - details below)
 
Sat May 18
8 a.mGuided Trip – Traverse Woods with Mike Burrell  (Must pre-register – limited to 10 - details below)
8 a.m.  Walk from Observatory to the Lighthouse with Juanita Hummel
10 a.m. Walk from Observatory to the Lighthouse with Ketha Gillespie
11 a.m. at the Observatory – Book signing with Mike Burrell – Best Places to Bird in Ontario
4 p.m. Walk from Observatory to the Lighthouse with Cheryl Anderson
 
Sun May 19 
8 a.m.  Guided Trip – Lighthall Wetlands with Peter Fuller (Must pre-register – limited to 10 - details below)
8 a.m.  Walk Traverse Woods with Mike Burge and Kathy Felkar (meet at the sign by the portable toilet)
10 a.m. Walk from Observatory to the Lighthouse with Juanita Hummel
12 p.m. – Big Week in the IBA ends – submit your checklist of species in the box at the Observatory
 
Mon May 20
8 a.m.  Walk Traverse Woods with Peter Fuller (meet at the sign by the portable toilet)
 

 

 

Guided Birding Trips (registration required)
Each trip is $40 (PEPtBO members - $20)  Spaces are limited to 10 participants.  Trips last 2-4hr
 
Tues May 14, 8 a.m. – Beaver Meadow C.A.  (Register)  Guest Birder Juanita Hummel leads a trip to mature deciduous woods (warblers, woodpeckers, songbirds), grassland and a marsh with black tern, bittern, green heron, marsh wren. (Meet in the Conservation Area parking lot - entrance on County Rd 11 just south of County Rd 10 junction)
Wed May 15, 8 a.m.Traverse Woods  (Register  Join Guest Birder Tom Wheatley on a hike to one of the best sites at Prince Edward Point for seeing migrating warblers, tanagers, orioles, flycatchers and thrushes.  Cliffs overlooking Lake Ontario can be good for waterfowl.  Scrubland next to the woods is good for sparrows, towhee and snipe. (Meet at portable toilet on the road into the Observatory)  
 
Thu May 16, 8 a.m.Grassland Birds (Register  Guest Birder Juanita Hummel leads a trip to grassland habitats in the South Shore IBA.  Expect to find up to 8 species of sparrow, upland sandpiper, merlin, bobolink, eastern meadowlark. (Meet at Mariner's Park Museum - 2065 County Rd 13) - some driving required; carpooling is possible
 
Friday May 18, 8 a.m. –  Beaver Meadow C.A.  (Register)  Guest Birder Keith Gregoire leads a trip to mature deciduous woods (warblers, woodpeckers, songbirds), grassland and a marsh with black tern, bittern, green heron, marsh wren. (Meet in the Conservation Area parking lot - entrance on County Rd 11 just south of County Rd 10 junction)
Saturday May 18, 8 a.m. – Traverse Woods  (Register  Join Guest Birder Mike Burrell on a hike to one of the best sites at Prince Edward Point for seeing migrating warblers, tanagers, orioles, flycatchers and thrushes.  Cliffs overlooking Lake Ontario can be good for waterfowl.  Scrubland next to the woods is good for sparrows, towhee and snipe. (Meet at portable toilet on the road into the Observatory) 
 
Sunday May 19, 8 a.m. - Lighthall Wetlands (RegisterJoin Guest Birder Peter Fuller on a hike to the extensive wetlands along the South Shore of the IBA.  Marsh birds, waterfowl, warblers, flycatchers, raptors.  Trails may b wet so wear boots.  Meet at the corner of Lighthall Rd. and Army Reserve Rd.

Big Week in the IBA - Sun May 12 - Sun May 19 (noon to noon)

Be a part of our Big Week in the  South Shore IBA!

Pick up a checklist at the Observatory and submit your list any time during the week in the box provided
'75 Club' - Identify at least 75 species in the South Shore IBA
'100 Club' - Identify at least 100 species in the South Shore IBA
'125 Club' - Identify at least 125 species in the South Shore IBA

Where are the best places to bird in the IBA?  Download a Checklist/Map

Guest Birders 2019

PEPtBO thanks our wonderful group of guest birders:

Yvette Bree:  Park Naturalist Yvette Bree has worked at Sandbanks for over 30 years and is always ready to show off the natural wonders of the park.  Spring is one of her favourite times of year, when the birds are migrating, frogs are calling and flowers are blooming.

Mike Burrell: Mike is a well known expert birder and has a wide knowledge of the natural history of Ontario.  He has worked with Bird Studies Canada and is currently with the Natural Heritage Information Centre.  He is an accomplished trip leader and has completed the soon to be released Best Places to Bird in Ontario.

Joanne Dewey:  Joanne has been a bird watcher for many years, is a master bird bander and was Assistant Park Naturalist at both Sandbanks and Presqu'ile Provincial Parks.

Peter Fuller:  Peter is on the Board of PEPtBO and has volunteered for many years at the Observatory.  He regularly participates in bird monitoring in the South Shore IBA as well across Eastern Ontario with programs such as the Breeding Bird Survey of North America.

Keith Gregoire:  Keith is a local pediatrician who has birded on four continents and loves introducing others to the joy of birdwatching.

Juanita Hummel:  Juanita is an expatriate Canadian, and has lived in the US for 34 years.  Retired from pharmaceutical research, she now volunteers as a citizen scientist for several conservation organizations, including Washington Crossing Audubon and NJ Audubon.  She is currently completing the requirements to become certified as a Master Naturalist. 

Brian Joyce:  Brian is one of the founders of PEPtBO and a former bander and president of the Observatory.  He still visits each spring and we welcome his expertise for our birding hikes.

Terry Sprague:  Terry is a well-known local birder and naturalist and has explored Prince Edward Point for years as well as most of the corners of the County.  He maintains the popular Nature Stuff website.

Tom Wheatley: Tom has been birding locally for ten years, and recently became a volunteer at PEPtBO. He has also spent much time birding internationally in Southeast Asia.  Last year during his Mother's Day bird hikes he and his group found 92 species at the Point.  "Join me this year as we birdwatch our boots off!"