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Canada Jay Weekend for Young Birders

  • 03 Apr 2020
  • 7:30 PM
  • 05 Apr 2020
  • 1:00 PM
  • Algonquin Park
  • 1


The famous Canada Jay weekend is back! Spend a weekend at Algonquin Park exploring winter birds and learning about Canada Jay breeding behaviour on territory with Canada Jay researcher Matthew Fuirst.

Basic accommodation at the Wildlife Research Station at KM 33 off Highway 69 across from the Mew Lake campground. Food will be self-catered and menu and cost will be determined before the weekend.

Meet Friday evening after 7:30 pm or Saturday morning before 10:00 am at the Wildlife Research Station, Director’s Cabin. Canada Jay birding begins at 10:00 am Saturday morning with departure after lunch on Sunday.

Maximum 15 young birders. Birders under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent / guardian but one person can be responsible for more than one young birder. Cost is $80 pp / night and shared food costs will be $20.00 pp in addition.

Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station is nestled on the edge of a small lake and surrounded by mature forest. Originally a collection of simple cabins built for university researchers, it now also hosts nature groups and naturalists.

What to expect: Accommodations are basic! We will use various cabins and our headquarters will be at the Director’s Cabin which has a full kitchen and gathering space. Space heaters keep the cabins comfortable but sweaters and slippers will be needed. We’ll sleep in shared rooms on bunk beds. Attendees will need sleeping bags and pillows.

Bathroom Facilities: Indoors bathrooms are available for adults. However due to the septic system the young birders will need to use the outhouses unless there is an emergency.

How to get there: The Wildlife Research Station is off highway 60 on the North side at km 30.5 on the unmarked gravel road directly across the highway from the Mew Lake Campground entrance. You will wind your way around toward the bunk houses, and there's a bit of signage along the way.

Cell Phone Reception: There is no cell phone reception. To get reception, you need to drive out to Highway 60 about a 2-minute drive.


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