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World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 12, 2018
9am to 4pm (free with zoo admission)

This year, International Migratory Bird Day becomes World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). This global event celebrates the migration of birds between their nesting grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Central and South America. The theme for this international event is "Year of the Bird". This marks the 19th year that the Toronto Zoo will be celebrating WMBD. Come out and see informative displays set up by various bird-related organizations at our Conservation Connection Centre (just outside the Indo-Malaya Pavilion) from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Spotting scopes and interpretive guides will be stationed at Weston Pond in the Canadian Domain to help visitors learn to identify local birds. Visitors will be encouraged to take a peek at our Motus tower (installed on top of our First Aid Centre) which is a collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry arrays to study movements of migratory animals. Motus is a program of Bird Studies Canada in partnership with Acadia University and collaborating researchers and organizations. 

In conjunction with our partner, the Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP), guided bird-watching tours will take place in the RNUP. Tours will be free. Watch for registration details to come.

Group of people using binoculars to see birds at the Zoo

Migrating bird at the Zoo

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.


Please note, on Wednesday, 2018-03-28 a portion of the Americas Pavilion will be closed for a special event taking place from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. The Americas Pavilion aviary and primate wing will remain open during that time period and the full Americas Pavilion will reopen as of 12:00 pm.