Global Big Day

Join Wye Marsh's naturalists and participate in Big Day - a global bird watching initiative. How many species can you spot?

Birding can happen in all weather! Please dress appropriately as the majority of your time will be spent outdoors.

What is Global Big Day?

Global Big Day has become a May tradition for tens of thousands of eBirders: 24 hours to put your favorite park/county/state/province country/continent on the global birding stage. Global Big Day 2022 also falls on World Migratory Bid Day!

There are so many fascinating birds passing through Wye Marsh, Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) that staff and volunteers will be conducting a bird count all day long.

We hope you will join us to bird, or to take part in some of these awesome activities all included with the price of admission on May 13, 2023.


Special Event:

7:00 am - Early Bird Guided Tour with Mak  $30

Join resident bird expert, Mak Soden, for an exclusive early morning two-hour birding excursion at Wye Marsh. With Mak as your guide, you will have access to this National Wildlife Area two hours before the gates are unlocked for visitors. Together you will: greet the morning chorus; identify bird calls; see songbirds,  waterfowl,  and raptors; and take in the wonders of the marsh.  

Participants are welcome to make their own way to Mom's Restaurant, after the event, to share tales and relive highlights with Mak. (Breakfast not included.)

Please bring our own binoculars. Field guides available.  

Pre-registration required on Eventbrite. Registration closes May 10th


9:00 am - Wye Marsh Bird Survey 

Take part in a GLOBAL adventure. Survey bird species at Wye Marsh this morning. Simply: Pre-Register with Heather at, then sign in at front desk upon arrival to get your map and zone. Then hit the trails and have fun listing every bird species you see. Add to our Wye Marsh account on eBird and then head back to the Visitors Centre for 1 pm to swap tales and enjoy a potluck.  Bring food to share, plus your own dish & cutlery to use, and enjoy!


With Regular Admission:

10 am- 2 pm - Interactive Bird Booth, Display Hall 

Let our Outdoor Educators introduce you to some fun and interactive Activities that hone your binocular & field guide skills. Learn about bird nests and feathers. Practice identifying birds by their song!

11:00 am - Family Discovery Hike 

Join Wye Marsh staff at the head of the trails for a guided hike to the boardwalk and berm. Learn about the animals and plants living in this Provincial Wetland and Federal Forest. 

1 pm - Meet our Feature Creature in the Display Hall


What to bring: Enthusiasm for birding is all that is required, but binoculars, a birding book, and your eBird app are also great tools! 

Admission: Regular admission to Wye Marsh. Adults $12, Seniors and Children $9, Children under 4 Free, Members Free. 
Price includes admission to our interpretive centre and trails for day and activities.

You do not need to pre-register for the activites on Global Big Day.