Nature enthusiasts the world over will flock to Point Pelee National Park in Ontario’s deep south this spring to enjoy spring migration. I’m thrilled to announce that Quest Nature Tours will once again be there! This park, one of the oldest of Canada’s National Parks, has long held the distinction of hosting an excellent concentration and variety of migrant birds, making for excellent and often unparalleled viewing opportunities. It’s a particularly good place for beginner and novice birders to hone their skills. Working with the Friends of Point Pelee and Parks Canada, we’ll be helping Festival participants find and see more birds and to learn more about the phenomenon of migration and bird behaviour and ecology more generally. Here’s a sampling of what you can expect from us:

Guided Bird Hikes
On the weekends of May 7 - 8 and May 14 - 15, you can join our Quest leaders on one of the Park’s official guided bird hikes. We’ll be leading various morning, afternoon and even evening excursions. These easy 2-hour excursions are limited to 12 participants (with a couple of exceptions) and all take place on easy, flat trails that cover a variety of habitats. We'll be finding and enjoying birds, interpreting their behaviours and giving you bird-finding and identification tips too!
 
Lunch-and-Learn Sessions
Quest leaders will be presenting a number of the Park’s “Lunch-and-Learn” presentations at the Visitor Centre. Sessions presented by Quest Nature Tours leaders include the following:

• Birding By Ear (with Justin Peter): Friday, May 6 at 11:30 AM, and Friday, May 13, at 12:30 PM
• Improving Your Bird Photography (with Tony Beck): Friday, May 6 at 12:30 PM
• Improving Your Hawk Identification Skills (with Chris Earley): Saturday, May 14 at 11:30 AM
• Northbound Shorebirds (Shorebird Identification with Jean Iron): Sunday, May 8 at 12:30 PM, and Saturday , May 14 at 12:30 PM
 
QUEST NATURE TOURS LEADERS FOR FESTIVAL OF BIRDS TALKS
 
Worldwide Nature Travel Presentations
We’ll present noon-hour talks on a variety of Quest destinations such as Cuba, Madagascar, India, and the Galapagos. The dates are May 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15. Talks will be in the Park’s Visitor Centre. A schedule will be posted there.
 
We will also be operating our Quest Nature Tours booth at the ‘Birder’s Roost’ from May 3 through May 15 inclusive. You can come by to find out more about our latest tour news and special offers and meet our staff and leaders. You can also fill out an entry form for our draw prize of a brand new Bushnell Elite 20-60X 80 mm spotting scope, courtesy of Bushnell Canada!
 
Bushnell scope
 
We’re very excited to work again with the Friends of Point Pelee and Parks Canada in this very special place. To find out more about the Festival of Birds, please visit the official Festival site at www.festivalofbirds.ca. On behalf of our leaders and staff, we hope to see you there!