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International Dawn Chorus Day in High Park

Sunday, May 5, 5:30-7:30AM

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for all our events, hikes and workshops. We do this to ensure we don’t exceed our capacity for indoor events or the maximum limits for group sizes on High Park’s ecologically sensitive trails. Please register on our website before coming to High Park.

We cannot guarantee availability of walk-in spots. If an event is at capacity, please put yourself on our waitlist. We will notify waitlisted participants if we open up new spots or sessions for our events. Please contact us if you have any questions.

International Dawn Chorus Day Birding Hike in High Park Details

Calling all early birds! Join us as we welcome millions of migrating birds in Toronto on International Dawn Chorus Day. Flock to High Park at the crack of dawn for a quiet hike to hear the morning chorus of birdsong as the sun rises. Don’t worry – there will be coffee welcoming you at the Nature Centre!

Price: FREE

Meet Your Instructors

Emily Rondel Website Bio Pic

Emily Rondel

A long-time bird watcher and researcher, Emily has observed and surveyed birds throughout Ontario, from Lake Erie to the Arctic. She worked as a bird biologist with Birds Canada and was a board member of the Toronto Ornithological Club (TOC) for 12 years, including being President for three of them. She is the Regional Coordinator and a Volunteer Committee member for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, and a trustee of the Baillie Fund for bird conservation and science. She works as a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Mark Peck Website Bio Pic

Mark Peck

Mark Peck is the Collection Specialist in the Ornithology Department at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Program Councillor with the Toronto Ornithological Club. In his off hours Mark is an avid citizen/community science contributor to eBird, the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas and the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey. He is also a wildlife photographer with a special interest in the breeding birds of Ontario.

Sunday, May 5, 5:30-7:30AM

This event will begin at the High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

A number of changes were made to the travel network within High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy that might influence your decision to drive to High Park. In case you’re driving we strongly recommend you to park your car at the public parking lot near Grenadier Cafe.

We continue to recommend using the TTC or biking as the best way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre. The Nature Centre is situated just a 5-minute walk from the High Park Subway Station. In case you were biking, there are bike racks available in front of the Nature Centre.

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your event is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit.

Visit our How To Get Here page to learn more about planning your trips to High Park.


Hike routes through High Park might include some uneven terrain and mild slopes.

We welcome registered therapy or guide dogs to our events. However, we kindly ask that that family pets be left at home.

This event is funded by Enbridge Fueling Futures. We are grateful for their generous support of this and our other events, hikes and workshops in High Park.

Registration Policies

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Our International Dawn Chorus Day Birding Hike in High Park is funded by Enbridge Fueling Futures. We are grateful for their generous support of this and our other nature events, hikes and workshops in High Park.