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Point Pelee Group Tours

2024 Dates: May 5, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 10 participants max

  • 150 Canadian dollars
  • Essex County

Tour Description

This hike will start at 6:00 am at the Visitors Center parking lot at Point Pelee National Park. We will start the day by birding south from the Visitors Center towards the tip. We will cover a variety of unique habitats, from Carolinian forests, to swamps, to open scrub and shoreline. We will have a chance of seeing several sought after specialties such as Prothonotary Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Hooded Warbler. Depending on the wind direction, there may be a good reverse migration off of the tip of Point Pelee, so once we have made our way to the tip (2km from the parking area) we will spend a bit of time going over pointers for birds in flight and enjoying a fascinating migration spectacle (on good days there can be hundreds of grosbeaks, orioles and warblers flying over). After reverse migration dies down, we will work our way back along the trails of the park searching for migrants along the forest edge. We will then have a break back at the Visitors Centre for lunch. There is a small store with snacks, and hot food is usually provided for purchase. After lunch we will drive to Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, a fantastic shorebird hotspot just 10 minutes North of Point Pelee National Park. Here, we will have the opportunity to find a variety of different shorebirds including Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, and American Avocet. We also have the potential to see cryptic marsh species such as Sora and American Bittern. After birding at Hillman is complete, we will make our way back to Point Pelee. In the afternoon we have a variety of different hiking trail options to broaden our coverage of the park. This hike is accessible for those with physical challenges; There is a few hundred meters of sand at the tip, but otherwise the trails are well maintained and flat. Be prepared to walk between 6-8km throughout the day. We will spend the day birding at a slow and relaxed pace, taking frequent stops along the way. Bathrooms are spaced throughout the park and easily accessible. *Notes* -an entry fee of $8.50/person is required to enter Point Pelee National Park. -Point Pelee is very busy during this season; showing up to the gate early is recommended. -an entry fee of $6/car is required to enter Hillman Marsh Conservation Area. -bring your own lunch, snacks, and water (keep hydrated!) -bring sunscreen, and a hat. -a scope will be provided, but feel free to bring your own to Hillman Marsh!

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Cancellation Policy

To cancel your participation in this tour or change the number of participants you signed up for, please read our "Cancelation Policy" page on our website (under the "Tours" tab) and contact us.

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