Blackburian Warbler on branch

Spring birding festivals

The songbirds are returning and bringing spring with them!

Catch a bird-banding demonstration, take in a nature photography workshop, or sign on for a bird-themed hike with our park naturalists.

If you love songbirds, you won’t want to miss the Ontario Parks spring birding festivals:

Festival of Flight — May 4-19

Rondeau Provincial Park

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Visit the park for twice-daily guided bird hikes led by their experienced birder, who will introduce you to the wonders of Rondeau’s spring birding season.

Guided hikes are $15 per person with a 15 person maximum per hike.

All hikes will meet at the Visitor Centre unless otherwise stated.

For more information about the Festival of Flight, check out the park’s events calendar!

Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend — May 18-19

Presqu’ile Provincial Park

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This weekend celebrates the spring migration of the songbirds and the shorebirds as they make their annual migration north.

This weekend is aimed at those just starting out as birders or those who would like to learn more about the birds in the park.

Naturalist-led bird walks take place at 6:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. both days.

Join the Friends of Presqu’ile Park for a BBQ lunch fundraiser at the Lighthouse Centre. A full schedule of events will be posted on our website and Facebook pages closer to the event.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival — May 24-27 & May 30 – June 2

MacGregor Point Provincial Park

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Presented by the Friends of MacGregor Point Park and based in the park, this festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This “Huron Fringe” along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists, and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring.

At the end of the migration period, birds are on nest, migrants are everywhere, insects abound and wildflowers are beginning to bloom.

Morning, afternoon, all-day, and evening events are offered daily.

Special events include a banquet with a special guest speaker and silent auction.

If you have questions regarding the Festival or registration process please visit the Huron Fringe Birding Festival website.

Other “feathery” events

Our parks are adding new events all the time, including:

Check our events calendar for more birding adventures near you.