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This local birding festival is an annual celebration of Spring Migration in the boreal forest including tours of the LSLBO, nature workshops, birding hikes, children’s activities, and of course, everyone favorite, the early bird Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, May 25Songbird Festival

Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation, Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.

6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate Spring Migration with a morning of birding fun at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation

Tours of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory

FREE Neal Knoot Pancake Breakfast plus BBQ Burgers – coffee and pancakes will be ready for the “early birds” that morning with tasty burgers available for lunch. Generously sponsored by Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd.

Morning Guided Birding Walks – Departing at 7 and 8 am. Head out with some of our favourite birders and spot some of the beautiful wood warblers arriving each day during spring migration. This year, participants will have the option of walking down to the LSLBO for a tour (2 km) and catching the bus back to the centre.

Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Tours departing every hour ( 7 to 11 am) Hop on the bus for the chance to experience the work of our researchers at the station and hopefully experience these tiny songbirds up close!

NATURE WORKSHOPS: we are still finalizing the details, but here they are!

Sharon Krushel – Mother Earth Author
  • 10:30 am Making your backyard more bird friendly – Join LSLBO Executive Director Patti Campsall to discover some easy ways to make your backyard a bird oasis!
  • 11:00 am Using e-Bird and Merlin on your next birding adventure: Bronwyn Robinson, LSLBO Bander will introduce you to some easy tips on how to use e-bird and merlin apps to make the most of your birding, then we will head out for a birding walk with Bronwyn to test out your new skills.
  • 12:15 pm: Mother Earth – Boreal Beauty of the Peace Country: Sharon Krushel with share her love of the flora, fauna and fungi of the Peace Country through photography and song!


Special guests: Lesser Slave Watershed Council plus Birdhouse and bird feeder building, nature art crafts, binocular Scavenger hunt, and lots of hands on activities for the whole family.

For more information, contact us at or 780-849-8240.

Sunday, May 2618th Annual Bird Run/Walk (5K/10K)

Join us for this fun 5K/10K run/walk through the beautiful boreal forest trails around the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. Surrounded by the songs of birds, it is a great way to enjoy the arrival of spring! Trails are well marked with wide packed gravel and grass surfaces. This event is suitable for all ages and dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash.

The “race” kicks off at 10:00 am sharp from the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.

Cost is $10/participant and includes race refreshments plus a lovely Adopt a Bird Certificate.

Registration forms may be downloaded here!

Registration forms can be brought with you on the Sunday Morning with your registration fee. Just make sure to arrive no later thank 9:45 am so we have time to process your registration.

Contact us at or call 780-849-8240 for more information.