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  • Date: Thursday, 22nd September to Sunday, 25th September
  • Schedule:  from 7 AM to 12 PM
  • Site:  The Tadoussac Dunes
  • Price: Free!

Since 1995, the Tadoussac Bird Observatory has been capturing migratory birds at the dunes of Tadoussac. During the festival, visitors are invited to attend the banding of passerines (songbirds) every morning of the festival (Thursday to Sunday). An ornithologist guide will be on there to explain the manipulations and answer visitors’ questions.

This is a unique opportunity to observe wild birds up close, while learning about the research work of the OOT. This banding station is indeed mainly to capture birds in order to put Motus tag on them. We are currently working on two species: The Horded lark and the Purple finch.

***Please note that the activity is canceled in the event of continuous rain or strong wind. ***

Let yourself be charmed by the owls

  • Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (2 performances)
  • Thursday, September 22 and Sunday, September 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Site: The Tadoussac Dunes. Price: to come (plus tax). Free for children (17 and under)
  • Reservation required by phone only

    Boreal owl. Credit Laetitia Desbordes

In the evening, the capture nets are redeployed to capture magnificent little owls, the Northern saw-whet Owl (and more rarely the Boreal Owl). We will offer this year an interpretation activity, lasting nearly 2 hours, which allows you to learn about these birds, while following the research team in his works.

Note that this last activity is chargeable and that it is necessary to reserve your place by calling us directly. The number of places per activity is limited to 25 people. For more details on the boreal owl banding program by the Tadoussac Bird Observatory, visit the organization’s website by clicking here: The boreal owl monitoring program In case of rain, the activity could be cancelled. It is still preferable to go to the Maison des dunes to have confirmation of a possible cancellation.

Number of places available

As of XXXX, here is the number of places available per activity:

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2020 at 8 p.m.: 25 places

Friday, Sept. 23, 2020 at 8 p.m.: 25 places

Friday, Sept. 23, 2020 at 10 p.m.: 25 places

Saturday Sept. 24, 2020 at 8 p.m.: 25 places

Saturday Sept. 24, 2020 at 10 p.m.: 25 places

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2020 at 8 p.m.: 25 places


Young Northern saw-whet owl, credit : Laetitia Desbordes

Raptors in flight: how to identify them?

  • Date: Saturday, 24th September and Sunday, 25th September
  • Schedule: From 8 AM to 12 PM
  • Site : The Tadoussac Dunes
  • Price: Free!

    Sharp-shinned hawk. Credit Olivier Barden

The Tadoussac Dunes are recognized as being the site in Quebec where the greatest number of migrating birds of prey is observed. During the festival, you are invited to witness this spectacular parade. However, Are you unfamiliar with the identification of raptors in flight? An experienced ornithologist will be at the Yvan-Duchesne lookout to help you target the main identification criteria.


The banding and census work of the Observatoire d’oiseaux de Tadoussac is carried out in the dunes sector within the limits of Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay. Instructions for getting to this site are explained on the “Contact Us” page of this website. Click here for a direct link: Directions dunes