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Learn! Play!

Looking for things to do with kids that are fun and encourage learning about nature at the same time? PEPtBO’s Get Out! Kids’ Club and NatureHood Program provides loads of resources for you

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Go Birding!

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced birder, there’s a world of joy out there for everyone. Look here for good places to bird in Prince Edward County, advice on how to get started and other resources.

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Wishing you could get up close and personal with birds? Would you like to help PEPtBO as a banding assistant, intern, board member, special events volunteer, fundraiser or citizen scientist?

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April numbers
Week 1 came in strong with 412 birds banded! On week 2, the weather shifted from what seemed like an early spring to the remnants of winter, leaving us with only 86 birds banded. We had one snow day that week where we inevitably caught no birds since our furled nets were covered with a thin sheet of snow. However, we came back on top with 449 birds banded on week 3! Due to the North winds, many migrating birds could not move on very quickly during that last week, leaving us with over 100 recaptures dominated by Slate-coloured junco's.
Despite the cooler weather and the disfavouring winds, April brought us a grand total of 947 birds banded.

Top banded birds in April: over 150 Ruby-crowned kinglets, Yellow-rumped warblers, and White-throated sparrows.

Over the past month, we banded Swamp sparrows, Fox sparrows, a movement of Chipping sparrows, Eastern towhee's and a Palm warbler on the last day of April!

In terms of observations, an Eastern whip-poor-will sang in the early hours of the morning near the bander's shack! Cliff swallows also started nesting on the shack while Purple martin's were observed but have not yet started using the new Purple martin houses. Amongst other things, Caspian terns, Merlin's, Sharp-shinned hawks and Purple Finches were observed.

Stay tuned for the update on our first week of May for some exciting birds observed and banded 🙂
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Thanks for the nice summary!

Exciting! Can't wait to hear about this month!

Thank you for a perfectly detailed summary! We are learning a lot, as I personally discover brand new birds I had never seen before! Thank you to a great team! 👏😎

Had a great couple days out here this week! Highlight being, the Sunday morning “fallout”! Sad we can’t visit you at the banding station but grateful for the updates!

great update thanks guys

Nice report! Keep up the good work

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Our banders start work very early each morning, but this view definitely makes it worth while. Bird songs fill the skies as the sun rises ☀️

Have you been to Prince Edward Point? If so, what’s your favourite aspect of the area?

Our banders start work very early each morning, but this view definitely makes it worth while. Bird songs fill the skies as the sun rises ☀️

Have you been to Prince Edward Point? If so, what’s your favourite aspect of the area?
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Have you registered for the Spring Birding Festival activities? PEPtBO will be offering several online events for the entire month of May. The program covers a variety of nature topics including: 

“Leave it natural and they will come” - gardening to attract birds and bees

“All about the bird observatory” - an explanation of PEPtBO’s work and its significance for bird conservation

“Bee Day” - get an inside look at bee keeping with the Long Point Honey Co. 

“Prince Edward County field naturalists” - learn about road ecology, and how to use iNaturalist as a tool for assisting species 

Visit peptbo.ca/sbf for more information and for registration 🪶

Have you registered for the Spring Birding Festival activities? PEPtBO will be offering several online events for the entire month of May. The program covers a variety of nature topics including:

“Leave it natural and they will come” - gardening to attract birds and bees

“All about the bird observatory” - an explanation of PEPtBO’s work and its significance for bird conservation

“Bee Day” - get an inside look at bee keeping with the Long Point Honey Co.

“Prince Edward County field naturalists” - learn about road ecology, and how to use iNaturalist as a tool for assisting species

Visit peptbo.ca/sbf for more information and for registration 🪶
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This Song Sparrow was banded two years ago at PEPtBO, and was recaptured this week. 🌿

Did you know that there are at least 35 sparrow species in North America? See if you can identify differences the next time you’re out bird watching.

This Song Sparrow was banded two years ago at PEPtBO, and was recaptured this week. 🌿

Did you know that there are at least 35 sparrow species in North America? See if you can identify differences the next time you’re out bird watching.
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The countdown is on! Join us in celebration of the first virtual Spring Birding Festival, beginning April 26th.

For ten years, the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and community partners have been celebrating spring migration through speakers, presentations, and family fun activities. We are very excited to announce this years keynote speaker is Julia Zarankin, best-selling author of “Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder”. You can find more information and register for events on our website peptbo.ca/SBF

📸: Field Sparrow by Phillip Mercier

The countdown is on! Join us in celebration of the first virtual Spring Birding Festival, beginning April 26th.

For ten years, the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and community partners have been celebrating spring migration through speakers, presentations, and family fun activities. We are very excited to announce this years keynote speaker is Julia Zarankin, best-selling author of “Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder”. You can find more information and register for events on our website peptbo.ca/SBF

📸: Field Sparrow by Phillip Mercier
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