The Observatory is open for the Spring Banding mid-April to May 31. Banding takes place for 6 hours each day starting at dawn. Nets are not opened if it is raining or too windy. The best time to visit the Observatory is in the mornings. The Observatory closes for the summer on May 31.
The National Wildlife Area is an excellent place to bird even when the Observatory is not open. Trails around the Observatory and Prince Edward Point are open all year.
SPRING BIRDING FESTIVAL May 13 - 22
TIPS FOR VISITING the OBSERVATORY
Bring a jacket in case of rain or extra layers - weather can be very different down at the Observatory and the lake can make it cooler.Wear close-toed shoes or hiking boots.
Mosquitoes are sometimes a problem - repellent may be useful but don't use it around the birds (i.e. at the nets or in the banding lab).
Long sleeves and long pants are recommended - a few places have poison ivy and there have been reports of ticks. Stay on paths and do a tick check after visiting the Point
Binoculars, if you have them, are useful for seeing birds in their habitat
While visitors are encouraged to observe the banding operations, please stay away from the mist nets in the net lanes. Only trained volunteers are allowed to extract birds from the nets. You can view the birds up close at the banding lab as they are banded.
On very busy days, when the bander and scribe have a lot of birds to process, there should be no talking in the lab. They are always more than willing to answer questions, but the birds come first, and they need to focus on their work. So watch, but please don’t talk or interrupt.
Overnight camping and campfires are not permitted in the National Wildlife Area.
Toilets are available, but there is no drinking water on site.
Please respect the habitat and vegetation by staying on the road or trails.
Enjoy the birds!
Blue-winged Warbler (Photo © Bruce Parker)