Guelph Bird Day

Join Bird Safe Guelph on World Migratory Bird Day, May 14th, 2022, for a fun and educational day to celebrate our local and migratory birds! Drop by the University of Guelph Arboretum, Conifer Site between 10am-1pm for guided bird walks, family-friendly activities, and free swag! Participating groups include the City of Guelph, Wild Ontario, OPIRG Guelph, Nature Guelph, and the University of Guelph Sustainability Office. See the list below of Things To Do On Bird Day for more activities!

Guided bird walks through the Arboretum will be departing at 10 am, 11 am, and 12 pm and will last about an hour. Please meet at the Bird Safe Guelph table at the Conifer Site five minutes before the departure time. There will be an option for accessible routes at each time.

To get to Guelph Bird Day, use the College Road entrance to the Arboretum and drive past the Arboretum Centre. Parking will be along Arboretum Road.

Bird Day 2022 Theme: Light Pollution

Art credit Linda Nong
Photo credit Olivera White

This year, the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is focused on the impact of light pollution on migratory birds. The majority of birds migrate at night, and artificial light from urban areas is dangerous for birds. Light pollution can attract and disorient migrating birds, making them more likely to crash into buildings. You can help keep birds safe right at home by shutting off or dimming lights at night, especially during migration season. See the list of Thing To Do On Bird Day for more suggestions on how to help. Below are just some of the species that migrate at night that you can help: Burrowing Owl, Black-crowned Night-Heron, the Ruddy Duck, the Baltimore Oriole Lesser, Wilson’s Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, and the Western Tanager.


Participate in the Great Canadian Birdathon. Join Nature Guelph’s team to help raise money for Birds Canada and participate in our own local birdathon! On Saturday, May 14th, there will be a friendly competition to determine which birding team or individual can see the most bird species in Wellington county in one day. See this post for more information from Nature Guelph.

Go birding in your neighborhood, or check out a new neighborhood in Guelph. If you can’t make it to the Great Canadian Birdathon, or to the University of Guelph Arboretum, see this list of birding hotspots around Wellington for ideas for where you can venture out to see local and migratory birds. Click here for more resources on birding in Guelph.

Take conservation action for birds. See the following suggestions from Nature Canada to help keep birds safe:
1. Reduce the amount of light outside your home and consider treating your windows. Turn off all non-essential nighttime lights. For essential lights, such as security lighting, use timers or motion detectors to keep usage to a minimum. Always use the minimum wattage necessary.
2. Change the colour of your lights from cooler tones to warm lighting. Studies suggest that green and blue light attracts more nocturnally migrating birds than red, orange, or yellow light. Use light bulbs that emit warm lighting to minimise disturbance to birds.
3. Direct lighting downward. Place lights towards the floor or ground and use lighting shields to prevent escaping light to be emitted into the sky. 
4. Share the message to “dim the lights for birds at night.” Share these messages through social media and with your community to increase awareness of this important issue by hosting a World Migratory Bird Day event 
5. Add your name to help show the federal government that actions are needed to restore healthy and thriving bird populations throughout Canada.

Play Bird Day Bingo. Print out this Bingo sheet and take it with you on your bird walk. Try to complete a row, a diagonal, or even every square!
Click to download!

Bird Word Search.
Answers included on second page! Click here to download!

Bird Colouring Pages.
Click the image to open and print.

Bird dot-to-dot pages
Swallow dot-to-dot
Wild turkey dot-to-dot
Mute swan dot-to-dot
Mallard dot-to-dot
House sparrow dot-to-dot
Blue-jay dot-to-dot

Resources from World Migratory Bird Day, and Artwork by Omar Custodio Azabache. Guelph Bird Day logo by Linda Nong.

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