Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory - Prince Edward South Shore IBA
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Help us protect the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area 

PEPtBO is the official caretaker of this globally significant IBA.  It stretches from the Observatory all the way to Point Petre and includes approximately 26 square kilometers of land and 65 square kilometers of waters along 30 km of shoreline.  It has been designated as a globally significant IBA because of its congregatory waterfowl populations (especially Long-tailed Ducks, White-winged Scoters and Greater Scaup). The IBA is also an important flyway for raptors in fall migration.

Large numbers of landbirds pass through in both spring and fall and a number of Species at Risk breed in the area.includes . 

More South Shore IBA information HERE

You can help monitor bird populations in the IBA by participating in our event days (Waterfowl Counts, Breeding Evidence, Species at Risk Surveys and Migration Counts)  To be added to the notification list, please contact Peter Fuller ( or call 613-968-4643.


(Eastern Bluebird)


 For a printable map of the IBA, click here.




Species at Risk (SAR) Survey Summer 2010

During the summer of 2010, David Okines, PEPtBO'sbander-in-charge and station manager conducted a baseline birds at risk survey in and around the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area (PECSS IBA). This area includes diverse natural and cultural habitats that currently or previously supported populations of several bird species at risk. The results of these surveys will clarify the current distribution and abundance and identify species hotspots and habitat associations of the ten target species in the area.

Ten Target Species:

Whip-poor-will, Short-eared Owl, Black Tern, Least Bittern, Red-headed Woodpecker, Henslow's Sparrow, Common Nighthawk, Bald Eagle, Loggerhead Shrike, King Rail

In addition to the ten targeted species, David also was collecting baseline data on twelve other species in the IBA that are due to have their status reviewed by COSEWIC in the future:

Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Field Sparrow, Golden-winged Warbler, American Kestrel, Killdeer, Eastern Wood Pewee, Wood Thrush, Belted Kingfisher, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow

BAnk Swallow

Bank Swallow (Photo:  Judy Kent)
Data from the baseline surveys was provided to the Natural Heritage Information Centre and shared with relevant stakeholders particularly the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area and Ostrander Block) and Canadian Wildlife Service (Prince Edward Point NWA). It will be used to develop a work plan for continuing and expanding birds at risk stewardship activities.

Funding for this project is being provided by the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, a fund established by the Ministry of Natural Resources to stimulate and enhance investment in species at risk protection and recovery.