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March 2017

March 2017 News from Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory



Join us for our Spring Waterfowl Blitz as we count waterfowl across the South Shore IBA. Volunteers go out in teams to viewing points around the South Shore Important Bird and Diversity Area (IBA) and tally migrating waterfowl to compile a one-day snapshot of the birds in and around Prince Edward Point. Any level of expertise is welcome. Lunch is provided! Spend a great morning with other birders and get to know the South Shore IBA.

Meet at the Mariner’s Park Museum at 8:30 a.m.  If you haven't confirmed your participation yet please contact Peter Fuller ( or 613-968-4643)



Many of you will remember Lizzie Grayshon who assisted with banding a number of times recently.  We asked her what she has been up to recently.

“I am working as an ecologist for the game and wildlife conservation trust in the U.K.  I am working on a project to restore breeding wader populations in a river valley in the south of England. I have now received my full UK banding permit and spend lots of both my work and free time banding birds, mainly shore birds!”


For details and great pictures of her project visit:



Please remember to renew your membership for 2017 or join us for the first time! Membership allows you to volunteer for banding operations, IBA surveys, vote at our annual meeting, participate on one of our committees, all while supporting the valuable research that PEPtBO performs. You can renew online or by mail:

It's easy to RENEW ONLINE  or use the mail-in form

(Individual - $30; Family - $40; Student - $15)


Do you have a morning in May available to volunteer at PEPtBO's Spring Birding Festival tent at beautiful Prince Edward Point ? We are looking for volunteers to:

  • Sell coffee, baked goods, PEPtBO T-shirts, hats, etc. from 9 a.m to 1 p.m., May 13-22. (We especially need weekday volunteers)
  • Provide some baking (cookies, muffins) for the hospitality tent

​Please contact Kathy Felkar (613-46-9757 or



Looking for volunteers!



My involvement with PEPtBO started with a Thanksgiving walk in the woods with my family at the Point about 5 years ago. One of the banders brought out a Golden-crowned Kinglet and I was hooked.  The next fall I started as a volunteer.  The hours can be a little hard since I live 1.5 hours away and to be there for sunrise at the end of May means my day starts at around 3:30 a.m.  But when you love something and feel the passion it is easy.  Extracting birds from the nets has come to me quite naturally. With David Okine’s help I have started learning how to age, sex and band the birds.  Not many people can say they have held an owl or a hummingbird or a Pileated Woodpecker! - these are the memories that I treasure. (There are days when very few birds come and I do get some knitting done!) One of the best things about volunteering is seeing the wonder in the eyes of visitors as I show them a bird and realize that I was that person a few short years ago.  Thanks PEPtBO for the opportunity to find my passion.



Spring migration may seem far away, but put these dates on your calendar and join us in 2017.  More details on the website

Sat. Mar 18 - Waterfowl Count in the IBA - 8:30-12:00
April 12 – Observatory opens for spring banding
May – Great Canadian Birdathon
Sat. May 6 – Science Rendezvous (Kingston)
Sat. May 13 – International Migratory Bird Day
Sat May 21 - Big Day in the IBA and Birding Bus Tour
May 13 to May 22 – Spring Birding Festival
Sat. May 27 – Annual Meeting Dinner and Birdathon Wrap-up
June 10-11 – Bioblitz at the Miller Family Nature Preserve


Subject: A photo of a bird taken within the last 12 months in the PEC South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA).  Deadline for submission is Wed. May 24.  Prizes awarded at the AM on May 27.  Full details at


                            I won the 2016 Photo Contest!

(Photo: Ian Barker)



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