Rondeau Park on birdwatcher’s list of destinations
Ontario offers some of the best birdwatching in the world. More than 475 bird species have been spotted in Ontario, nearly 73 per cent of species found in Canada.
Bring your field guide and binoculars to these provincial parks for prime viewing spots and rare sightings:
- Long Point sits on a 40-kilometre sand spit that extends into Lake Erie. Located southwest of Port Dover, it is a world-renowned refuge and stopover for migrating birds in fall and spring.
- Presqu’ile, south of Brighton, is a major flyway for migrating birds, home to waterfowl and shorebirds, and a staging point for Mexico-bound monarchs.
- Rondeau’s observation tower overlooks a marshland where herons, bitterns and rails nest. More than 80 per cent of Ontario’s bird species have been observed at this Chatham-Kent park.
- Port Burwell, southeast of St. Thomas, is one of the best places to witness the fall migration of hawks, monarchs, blue jays and dragonflies.
- MacGregor Point stretches along seven kilometres of Lake Huron coastline. Home to the annual spring Huron Fringe Birding Festival, this park south of Port Elgin is open year-round.
- Lake Superior provides good bird watching opportunities because of the diversity of habitats in the park. The transition between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and boreal forests supports a mix of northern and southern species.
Birdwatchers can pursue their hobby by day or camp overnight. Campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Visitors can have a whole year of fun with a Ontario Parks annual day-use pass.
Come and see what you can spot now or plan a trip to experience the annual migration in full swing.