Windsor Urban Birding Challenge

May 10 – 14, 2023, The Windsor Urban Birding Challenge is a new event created by The Pelee Island Bird Observatory. The event aims to introduce new birders to discovering nature in their city and to challenge experienced birders in an urban environment. It also incorporates the annual World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrations, which have the theme of ‘water’ for 2023. The Challenge runs for 24 hours, however, you can choose the amount of time spent birding.

Prize Categories:

  • Most birds sighted in a 24-hour period
  • Most number of waterfowl or birds on the shore/river (WMBD theme)
  • Most nocturnal birds sighted
Extra points for the best social media post and best photograph.


Wednesday, May 10
Malden Park Community Centre
(4200 Malden Rd, Windsor) from 6-8 PM EDT
The kickoff evening! Join PIBO to welcome Ian Davidson of BirdLife International as he shares his knowledge on the migration of Pelee Island’s birds and their connections to South American restoration projects. We will be taking registrations for the Urban Birding Challenge and outlining the rules for the event. Food and drink will be available.

Thursday, May 11
online via Zoom from 7-8 PM EDT
Bird Talk with local birder Laura Foy ” Taking Flight: My adventures in Birding”.…

Meeting ID: 825 0678 6265
Passcode: 798322

Friday, May 12
online via Zoom from 7-8 PM EDT
Bird Talk with UK birder David Aitken. David is the Warden in the York region with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.…

Meeting ID: 819 4167 1160
Passcode: 578882

Saturday, May 13 at 12 noon until Sunday, May 14 at noon
All over the city of Windsor.
The race begins! Individuals log their bird sightings on e-bird.

Sunday, May 14
Ojibway Nature Centre (5200 Matchette Rd)
from 6- 8 PM EDT
The awards ceremony. Celebrate with PIBO and friends the winners of the Urban Birding Challenge. Food and drink will be available.

Spotted sandpipers begin arriving on Pelee Island in early May | Photo by Paul Jones.