April 2017

APRIL 2017 News from Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory






We welcome back David Okines as our bander and station manager for spring 2017.  Migration has started with Kinglets, Brown Creepers, Hermit Thrushes, Pine Warblers and Goldfinches already being banded.  Welcome back as well to Jacques Turner-Moss as our assistant bander.  May at the Observatory is very busy – plan to join us for some of the exciting events.


Guided Bird Walks ($5 per person)

  • Saturday, May 13 - International Migratory Bird Day    (8 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m.)
  • Sunday, May 14 (8 a.m., 10 a.m.)
  • Saturday, May 20 (8 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m.)
  • Sunday, May 21 (8 a.m., 10 a.m.)
  • Monday, May 22 (8 a.m., 10 a.m.)



Night Time Adventures ($5 per person)

Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m.

  • Meet at the Municipal Parking Lot in Picton (corner of Mary St. and Elizabeth St.) to see Chimney Swifts in downtown Picton.
  • Travel to the South Shore Important Bird area to listen to Whip-poor-wills
  • Finish off with Screech Owls in Glenwood Cemetery

(Carpooling is available)

PEC Field Naturalists Guided Walks (all at 8 a.m.)

  • May 15 - Beaver Meadow Conservation Area - Entrance on north side of County Road 1
  • May 16 - Point Petre Woods and Shoreline - Meet at County Rd. 24 (Point Petre Rd.) and Army Reserve Rd.
  • May 17 - Sandbanks shoreline from Lakeshore Lodge to West Point.  Follow County Rd. 12 to Lakeshore Lodge Rd.  Meet at the end of Lakeshore Lodge Rd.
  • May 18 - Millennium Trail - Hubbs Creek Wetland System.  Meet at the intersection of the Millennium Trail and Danforth Rd., across from "Healing with Horses".
  • May 19 - Little Bluff Conservation Area

Birding the County (bus tour)

Sunday, May 21 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Peptbo Board members Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge will introduce you to some great birding hot spots in the County.  Meet at the Bird Observatory at 8 a.m.  Includes a gourmet lunch at Lighthall Winery.  Be prepared for walking in the woods, seasonal weather conditions and a great time!

Register on the website

Cost is $100 and includes a $50 tax receipt

Big Day in the IBA (free)

Sunday, May 21

The Gosling Foundation challenges County Birders to identify 100 species in the PEC South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.  The Foundation will contribute $50 to Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory for each species identified.

  Prizes for the most species identified! 

Join any or all of the guided walks.

  • 8 a.m.    - Traverse Woods (warblers & migrants)
  • 8 a.m.    - Lighthall Rd and Army Reserve Rd        (wetland species)
  • 10 a.m.  -  From Observatory (harbour, lighthouse)
  • 10 a.m.   - Babylon and County Rd 13 (grassland birds)
  • 2 p.m.     - Simpson Rd at Army Reserve and Point Petre (migrants and lake)
  • 5 p.m.     - Lighthall and Army Reserve (evening wetland)
  • 8 p.m.     - Hilltop and Brewers (crepuscular species)

Monday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. - Wrap-up and results tally at the Bird Observatory.  Join us for coffee and snacks.






Saturday, May 27 5:30 p.m.

Prince Edward Yacht Club

Dinner and guest speaker Hazel Wheeler

(Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program)

Photo contest winners announced

Reserve your tickets on the website ($30)

or call Peter Fuller (613-968-4643)



Hazel Wheeler



Sponsor one of the PEPTBO participants in the Great Canadian Birdathon.  See the website Home page or register yourself.  This even is fun for any level of birder and raises significant funds for the Observatory.


(click for details)





Thu April 20 (10 a.m. at the Observatory) – official launch of the Nature Matters! Booklet

Sat May 13 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the K-ROCK Centre in Kingston) – Science Rendezvous

Sat May 13 – International Migratory Bird Day

Sat May 13 – Mon May 22 – Spring Birding Festival (see website for details)

Sun May 21 (all day) – Birding Bus Tour of the County (register on website)

Sun May 21 (all day) – Big Day in the IBA

Sat May 27 (5:30 p.m.) – PEPtBO Annual Meeting including dinner and guest Hazel Wheeler

Wed May 31 – Banding station closes

Sat June 10 – Sun June 11 (noon to noon) – Bioblitz at the Miller Family Nature Reserve


This year we are celebrating the birds

of the South Shore IBA.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 24.

Full details at:


         1st place 2015