Upcoming Events to Welcome Back Birds to the National Capital Region

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Mark your calendar!

In the spirit of spring, we’re hosting a series of events in the Ottawa-Gatineau area to celebrate nature and the return of our shared migratory birds.

The events are family-friendly and are a great way to give back to your community while learning about the natural wonders that are right in your backyard.

We hope to see you there!

Earth Day Spring Cleaning – Ottawa
Where: Deschênes- Ottawa River Important Bird Area (IBA)
When:  Sunday April 21, 2013
What: Help us celebrate Earth Day by collecting litter within our Lac Deschênes- Ottawa River Important Bird Area (IBA), and get the IBA ready to welcome home our returning migratory birds.

Meet us at:
Britannia Bay – 9am to 12pm
Bate island – 1pm to 4pm

Visit our facebook event page for more information, or just meet us along the river. Material will be provided, but feel free to bring your own work gloves. Don’t forget to wear close toed shoes.

Earth Day Spring Cleaning – Gatineau 
Where: Deschênes- Ottawa River Important Bird Area (IBA)
When: Saturday April 27, 2013
La Grande Nettoyage du Printemps. Come and help the spring clean-up efforts of la Ville de Gatineau within the Lac Deschenes – Ottawa River IBA between 9 :00 and 11 :30 am.  Watch for more details at naturecanada.ca and on our social media.  Our clean-up efforts are followed by a BBQ. Bring binoculars as there will be birds around.

Nature Canada presents “Rio” at the Mayfair 
Where: MayFair Theatre
When: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:30am
What: Nature Canada presents “Rio” as part of our International Migratory Bird Day celebrations. Join us at 10:30am on Sunday April 28 as we welcome back Canada’s migrating birds to our Lac Deschênes- Ottawa River Important Bird Area. Learn about this internationally recognized urban Important Bird Area and how you can make your own backyard bird friendly. Brush up on your bird knowledge and win prizes.

Tickets are available at the door
Adult $7
Child $5
Family (2 adult, 2 children) $20

Doors open at 10am and Rio begins at 11am.
For more information on the Lac Deschênes project visit naturecanada.ca or visit our facebook event page

Ottawa’s First Bird Fair

Where: Deschênes- Ottawa River Important Bird Area (IBA)
When: Sunday, May 12, 2013
What: Bird banding demonstration, walks, crafts and more

  • Bird Banding Demonstration – 7am to 11am . Join Nature Canada’s own certified bird bander, Ted Cheskey for a bird banding demonstration at Rue Houle in Alymer. Observe bird banding and learn about how researchers use this technique to study birds around the world.


  • Bird Fair at Andrew Hayden Park – from 11am to 4pm. Ottawa’s first ever Bird Fair will be happening on Sunday May 12, 2013 from 11am to 4pm at Andrew Hayden Park, and we want you to share in the celebration! At the Bird Fair we will have lots to do for the entire family including bilingual bird walks, crafts and activities for visitors of all ages, and informative talks, music and other entertainment.  Local vendors will be present and we will have something special for Mother’s!


  • Deschênes Naturehood Tour – 11am to 3pm. We use the same concept as a studio or winery tour to better acquaint local citizens with the globally significant Lac Deschênes- Ottawa River Important Bird Area (IBA) that’s found right in the heart of the National Capital Region. There will be an information booth at each of the following 6 stops along the IBA directing people to great birding spots, discussing the IBA program, and answering questions:


  • Aylmer Marina
  • Rue Houle Boat Launch
  • Mud Lake
  • Brébeuf Street
  • Bate Island
  • Shirley’s Bay