Events

 

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If a Trip you are interested in is Sold Out - contact info@peptbo.ca to be put on a waiting list.
If PEPtBO cancels an event because of weather, those registered will have the option of a refund.  We are not able to refund donations.  Any cancellations must be requested at least 1 week before the event.
 

Locations for events

Walks:

May 9,10,16,17 - Traverse Stroll:  Meet at the portable toilet 1.3km along the gravel road into the Observatory.
May 9,10,16,17 - Lighthouse Stroll:  Meet at the Observatory
May 12,19 - Sandbanks Park:  Meet at Lakeshore Lodge Day Use Area parking lot (note - a season's pass or day use permit is required to enter Sandbanks Provincial Park) MAP
May 15, 29 - MapleCross Coastline Reserve:  From County Rd 13 and Helmer Rd., drive 2km south on Helmer (gravel road may be rough), follow 90 degree curve for 0.6km.  Conditions will be posted here 1 week before the event.  No facilities.
May 24 - Pt. Petre Whimbrel Watch: Park at the junction of Army Reserve Rd and Cty Rd 23, then follow the "Birding Tour" signs to the shore anytime from 6:30-8:30AM.  Bring a chair and binoculars/scope if you have them.  The watch will be followed by a 1.5hr hike in the woods.  No facilities.

Trips:

May 9 - Big Day Part 1 - 5AM-11AM - Meet at the corner of Lighthall Rd and Army Reserve Rd (both gravel). Moderate hiking for 3-4km.  Driving to grassland areas and ending at the National Wildlife Area. Big Day  Part 2 -  6PM-9:30PM,  meet at corner of Simpson Rd and Army Reserve Rd.  Moderate hiking 3-4 km.  Driving to grassland area for night birds (Woodcock, Whip-poor-will, etc.)  Waterproof footwear recommended.  No facilities in the IBA
May 11,18, 23 - Traverse Woods:  Meet at the portable toilet 1.3km along the gravel road into the Observatory.
May 12 - Pt. Petre +:  Meet at the corner of County Rd 24 and Army Reserve Rd. at 8am to search the mature woods for colourful migrants and then observe grassland birds within the DND property from the roadside.   At 10:15 we'll make the 15 minute drive to a nearby Wildlife Management Area to search for newly arrived marsh birds.
May 13 - Grasslands Tour:  Meet at Mariners Park Museum, 2065 County Rd 13
May 14,15,17 - Beaver Meadow:  From the corner of County Roads 10 and 11 (north of Cherry Valley), turn SW on Rd 11 for 1km.  Access lane is on west side.  Follow lane to parking area. No facilities.
 
Guest Birders
Yvette Bree:  Park Naturalist Yvette Bree has worked at Sandbanks for over 30 years and is always ready to show off the natural wonders of the park.  Spring is one of her favourite times of year, when the birds are migrating, frogs are calling and flowers are blooming.
Joanne Dewey:  Joanne has been a bird watcher for many years, is a master bird bander and was Assistant Park Naturalist at both Sandbanks and Presqu'ile Provincial Parks.
Keith Gregoire:  Keith is a local pediatrician who has birded on four continents and loves introducing others to the joy of bird watching.
Juanita Hummel:   Juanita was born in Canada but lives in NJ, USA.  A retired research scientist and long-time birder, she volunteers as a citizen scientist with Washington Crossing Audubon, NJ Audubon and the NJ Wildlife Conservation Corps.    She is a PA Master Naturalist and does bird and nature talks and walks for land and wildlife conservation organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 
Brian Joyce:  Brian is one of the founders of PEPtBO and a former bander and president of the Observatory.  He still visits each spring and we welcome his expertise for our birding hikes.
Doug McRae is an expert birder based in the Presqu'ile area.  He helped with early banding efforts at Prince Edward Point before the Observatory was established and has been involved with birding endeavours in many places including shorebird work in James Bay. Doug owns Shrew Solutions Inc., based beside Presqu’ile Park and The Birdhouse
Mark Read currently works as a biologist and Discovery Leader with Ontario Parks, where he is heavily involved with resource management and the delivery of public programming. He formally worked with PEPtBO as one of their Naturehood Coordinators. He is also the bird recorder for the Kingston area and Chair of the local Rare Bird Committee. (2020)
Terry Sprague:  Terry is a well-known local birder and naturalist and has explored Prince Edward Point for years as well as most of the corners of the County.  He maintains the popular Nature Stuff website.
Tom Wheatley: Tom is a keen eBirder, a volunteer with PEPtBO and a local birding tour operator with Golden Wing Birding.