Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory
Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory, established within the NWA in 1995, serves as a Canadian Migration Monitoring Network station. Researchers here contribute significantly to understanding bird migration and populations globally. The Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area is open year-round for walking and birdwatching.

Visitors Guide to the Bird Observatory

Visitor Guidelines

To preserve natural beauty and protect wildlife, visitors are encouraged to follow guidelines such as cleaning up after themselves, staying on marked trails, and carrying out all waste.

Location: 6056 Long Point Road, Milford,

Hours: Open April 10 to May 31 and August 15 to October 31, 8 am to noon




  • Parking area
  • Public washrooms
  • Dock/wharf and boat ramp/launch

About the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory is a volunteer-run charity with active bird migration monitoring stations since 1995. They are members of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network and caretakers for the globally significant Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area.

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is dedicated to fostering greater appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of birds. Through comprehensive spring and fall banding programs, daily censuses, observation surveys, and research projects, PEPtBO collects valuable data to contribute to avian research. The organization’s commitment extends to offering the community opportunities to actively participate in and support the conservation of bird populations and their habitats.

Volunteer at PEPtBO as a banding assistant, intern, board member, special events volunteer, fundraiser, or citizen scientist.

Bird Banding in Prince Edward County

Observing bird banding at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory is open to the public during the spring and fall migration seasons, weather permitting. This captivating experience takes place from April 10 to May 31 and resumes from August 15 to October 31. Daily sessions from 8 a.m. until Noon welcome everyone to come down to the observatory and witness the intricate process.

Visitors have the chance to spot a variety of bird species during these sessions, including warblers, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, kinglets, finches, and raptors, among others. Furthermore, the month of October brings the commencement of saw-whet owl banding, adding an extra dimension to the observatory’s activities.

Programs and Events

  • Adopt an Owl
  • Starry Nights with Saw-Whets
  • What an Owl Knows Webinar
  • Spring Bird Festival
  • Public Banding Demonstrations and Group Tours
  • Various Educational Programs
  • Get Out! Kid’s Club

History of Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area

In the 1960s, the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) identified Long Point as a crucial migratory bird staging area. From 1975 to 1983, KFN conducted a banding program, tagging 64,470 birds of 160 species. Subsequently, Drs. Fred Cooke and Charles Francis from Queen’s University focused on migratory passerines.

In the late 1970s, the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area emerged through CWS and KFN collaboration, acquiring 560 ha near the tip of Long Point. PEPtBO, founded in 1995 by Brian Joyce and Eric Machell, became a successful permanent banding station in Canada, thanks to the James L. Baillie Fund and CWS cooperation. Preliminary banding and migration monitoring began in the spring of 1995.

PEPtBO’s Board of Directors was established in 1998, with volunteers aiding in bird extraction and scribing, enabling the station to operate more nets for extended periods.

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