Prince Edward Point Birding Festival kicks off this weekend

The Department of Illumination helped harken the 2023 Spring Birding Festival. (Submitted Photo)

The Department of Illumination (DOI) and the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) brought the birds to Picton Main St in celebration of  PEPtBO’s annual Spring Birding Festival

running May 12 to 15, 2023.

The theatrical launch featuring giant puppets and masks of local bird species served as a warm up for the Spring Birding Festival at Prince Edward Point which includes:

(Submitted Photo)

● Guided birding walks (pre-registration required)

● Free banding demonstrations, on the hour from 8 am to noon

● Free expert Tent Talks on the half hour

● A special Kid’s Corner with crafts, a bird ‘tattoo,’ and much more.

“The annual Spring Birding Festival celebrates birds at the height of spring migration. We’ve put together a program that will deepen awareness of the importance of birds to the well-being of our planet, but will also delight both seasoned birders and newcomers,” said Co-Chair of the Festival Mira Furgoch.

Visitors can observe bird banding demonstrations and learn why this process is crucial to the future of bird populations and the environment. Tent Talks will include a variety of bird-related topics like bird identification, conservation and birding ethics. Plus practical things like how to calibrate binoculars and use the E-bird app.

For those looking for something special to celebrate Mothers Day, PEPtBO is offering a ‘Birding and Brunch-in-a-Box’ program that includes a choice of two guided birding walks for different levels of ability, a bird banding demonstration and boxed brunch PEPtBO adheres to a strict ethical guideline for birdwatching and banding, and as such most walks are limited to 15 people. The majority of the walks are 1-hour, however there are a few 2-hour ones to the Lighthouse. There are also several walks designated for mobility considerations or those wishing for a gentler trail.

To register please go to

Please remember spaces are limited for the walks, but there are many free events available.

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is a research and conservation organization that studies and monitors the migration, breeding patterns and ecosystems of birds throughout Prince Edward County, and works to protect important bird habitat and well-being through advocacy and education. PEPtBO is located at the southeastern tip of Prince Edward

County. For additional information:

The Department of Illumination (DOI) is a registered not-for-profit organization that aims to bring joy and creativity to the Prince Edward County community by producing festivals, workshops, and other artistic events; all while demonstrating excellence and innovation in rural arts.