PEPtBO’s banding site is significant due to the tremendous number of migratory birds that pass through the area. The location is a focal point for passerines, waterfowl and raptors, with yearly reports of rare and unusual species. Prince Edward Point was designated an Important Birding and Biodiversity Area in 1998 in recognition of the abundant and vulnerable species migrating through our habitat.
In an average spring we band 5000-5500 birds of 100 or more species, and in the fall we band 6,000 to-8,000 birds of over 100 species. Daily banding totals have reached more than 700 in a day but 100-300 is more usual. Owl banding takes place in the fall and up to 1500 owls have been banded in a season, although 700-800 is more usual with a norm of 30-60 a night.
PEPtBO also conducts public demonstrations and educational outreach so people of all ages can learn about bird identification, migration ecology and the importance of conservation. Our goal is to tap into the public’s enthusiasm for birds by offering resources and events to discover the joy of birds and birding and recognition of the perils facing them.