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Back by popular demand: Point Pelee “Festival of Birds”

MVFN Trip to Point Pelee National Park, May 13-16, 2019

Point Pelee National Park has long been recognized as a world-class birding site with more than 390 species recorded within the park’s birding area. Bird migration is the reason Point Pelee became a national park in 1918 and has since garnered international recognition as an “Important Bird Area” and a UNESCO designated “Wetland of International Significance.” While significant breeding birds call the park home, Point Pelee’s greatest importance is to migratory species moving through the area during the spring and fall.

Point Pelee is part of a peninsula, located at the crossroads of two major migration routes, extending into the western basin of Lake Erie. It is one of the first points of land spring migrating birds reach in the pre-dawn hours of their night-time crossing of Lake Erie. For example, forty-two of the fifty-five regularly occurring warbler species in North America have been recorded at Point Pelee.

Hooded Warbler, Tilden Woods Trail, Point Pelee National Park, 2016; photo Peter Blancher

Great Horned Owl chick, Woodland Trail, Point Pelee, 2016; photo Peter Blancher



As the best time to see the greatest diversity of songbirds is the first three weeks of May, during Point Pelee’s “Festival of Birds”, MVFN has a trip planned during this time.


We will depart Monday, May 13, and return on Thursday, May 16.  We will stay three nights at the Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel.  The hotel is five minutes from Point Pelee National Park, which means early morning birders can go to the Park, and later birders can be bused there later in the morning.

Costs:  $800 per person DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$1,150 per person SINGLE OCCUPANCY

This includes:  a beautiful room (two queen beds), cost of bus travel, bus driver’s accommodation and tip, park fees, 2 guided walks, 2 continental breakfasts and 1 dinner.

Each person is responsible for other meals and refreshments.

Pre-registration: The bus holds 26 passengers, so to ensure a place on this fun and exciting trip, please let Linda McComick know your interest as soon as you can: by email to

Whether you are a beginner birder or an expert, this trip to the “Festival of Birds” is a great way to familiarize yourself with Point Pelee National Park, meet others who share your interests, and, of course, see first-hand the cascade of colour gracing our beautiful blooming forests each spring.