Festival of Birds
May 1 - May 18
Thousands of visitors travel to Windsor-Essex annually to see the diversity of birds that flock to our area. We are one of North America’s premier bird-watching hotspots. Home to Point Pelee National Park, Holiday Beach, Hillman Marsh Conservation Areas, and Ojibway Park, and neighboring Chatham-Kent’s, Rondeau Provincial Park, Wheatley Provincial Park, St. Clair National Wildlife Area and Blenheim Lagoons. The unique geographical properties of the Windsor-Essex area act as a funnel for the hundreds of thousands of migratory birds on the move each spring — and equally as remarkable — the fall.
Our conservation areas provide important resting areas as these birds make their long journeys, and they offer year-round habitat for non-migratory birds. Conservation areas are equipped with convenient parking areas and pleasant trails and good viewing areas, and some have viewing towers to experience the pleasure of birding.
Early songbird migration starts in early March with the return of waterfowl, and shorebirds follow in April. Within weeks, full migration occurs with the arrival of numerous colorful species with most migrations festivals and events taking place in May.
Join us in celebrating spring migration at the 2020 Festival of Birds:
- Learn how to create bird-friendly gardens
- Explore the world of birding with your family
- Complete the 100 Species Challenge
- Discover the world of urban birding and the best birding locations in Ontario
3-Day Point Pelee National Park Birding Pass
Allows entry to Point Pelee National Park and Hillman Marsh Conservation Area on 3 consecutive days. Available at the park entrance kiosk.
Point Pelee National Park Hours
Park Hours: May 1 to May 20, 5 am to 10 pm
Visitor Centre and Nature Nook Gift Store: May 1 to May 20, 6 am to 5 pm
Shuttle to the Tip: May 1 to May 20, 6 am to 8 pm
The 2020 Festival of Birds calendar will become available on the Point Pelee National Park birding page: