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Spring waterfowl migration east of Ottawa

  • 09 Apr 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Ottawa
  • 8


  • Field trip rules for 2022.

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April 9 (Saturday): Spring Waterfowl Migration East of Ottawa

Leaders: Bob Cermak, Bernie Ladouceur

Trip Duration: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Trip Description: Meet 8:00 am along Petrie Island Causeway on Trim Rd. which is at the bottom of the hill north of Jeanne D'Arc Blvd. Take Hwy 417 East then Hwy 174 East and turn north on Trim Rd. in Orleans. After a stop at a Tim's we will search for migrating geese, ducks, Sandhill Cranes, raptors and early spring migrants. Exact location will depend on the birds, but probable locations include Milton Rd., Frank Kenny Rd., Russell Rd., and the flood plains east of Bourget. Trip ends at approximately 2:00 pm. Bring a scope if possible. 

Who Should Come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if participant requires assistance during the trip.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

Type of Trip: Spring migrants focussing on waterfowl, lingering winter birds, photography.

Location and Directions: see above.

Public Transportation: Ottawa transport is available to the meeting place. Carpooling must be arranged with other trip participants from the meeting place.

Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

Terrain and Gradient: Mostly flat but some hilly sections are possible. 

Trail Surfaces: Paved

Accessibility: Icy or snowy  conditions possible. 

Washrooms: Washrooms available en route.

Land Acknowledgement for OttawaWe acknowledge that we  are  settlers living on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. We recognize the Algonquins as the customary keepers and defenders of the Ottawa River Watershed and its tributaries. We honour their long history of welcoming many Nations to this beautiful territory and uphold and uplift the voice and values of our Host Nation.

Further, we respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across this land, and will continue to honour the commitments to self-determination and sovereignty we have made to Indigenous Nations and Peoples.

What You Need to Know:

OFO welcomes all people who are interested in birds and birding and strives to create an inclusive, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. OFO trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 

Beginner Birders: Most OFO trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive.

Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics: Participants are expected to review OFO’s Code of Conduct and Code of Birding Ethics before the trip.

Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the field trip. Public transit information, if available, is included in the trip description. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.

Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader if a cell number is provided, If you are running late or cannot attend.

What to Wear: Wear good, sturdy, winter footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, season, and terrain. Long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended as protection from the elements, ticks, and other biting insects. In bright light, a hat with a large brim will make it easier to see birds. 

What to Bring: Please bring your ID and health card, a mask, enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees. Depending on the season, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are  recommended.

Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope, and camera. Please contact the Field Trips Coordinator in advance by email at fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you require loaner binoculars. We will do our best to provide a pair. 

Leaving Early: Trip leaders understand that not everyone will be able to stay for the duration of the trip. If you must leave early, please inform the trip leader. 

Rest Stops and Lunch Breaks: Trip leaders will include rest stops and lunch breaks but if you require additional rest stops, please inform the trip leader, so they can accommodate your request.

Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders are volunteers. They are not trained in first aid and cannot provide medical help in the case of an accident or administer medication.  When driving, please follow the rules of the road. Exercise caution when parking on the side of the road and getting out of your car. 

Accessibility: OFO aims to provide accessible birding trips which are welcoming and enjoyable for all. If you have any questions about the trip, or require accommodations, please contact the trip leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

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