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Pelee Island

  • 25 Sep 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 27 Sep 2022
  • 4:30 PM
  • Location : Pelee Island
  • 2


  • Field trip rules for 2022.

 Trip :

Fall on Pelee Island

Special Three Day Post Conference Trip

Sunday September 25 to Tuesday September 27

Leaders: Martin and Kathy Parker.

This special three day outing to Pelee Island will permit participants to explore the fall migration on Canada’s southern island.  It is scheduled to commence on the final day of the planned OFO Conference at Leamington.  The trip will commence on Sunday morning at Kingsville with the ferry crossing (advanced booking necessary) to the island.  Once on the island we will then sample many different aspects of the natural heritage of the island.  Each day will see a variety of migrants -- both birds and insects.  Each morning we will be visiting Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve and then proceed to other areas on the island during the balance of the day.

The trip cost is $345 per person based on double occupancy (single supplement is available).  The price includes two nights accommodation at the Wandering Dog Inn, continental breakfasts, and entrance fee to the Pelee Island Heritage Centre.  Lunches and suppers and ferry fees are not included. Registration is required with the Parkers at mparker19@cogeco.ca  Space is limited due to room availability. A complete information on this trip will be sent to all participants who register with the Parkers. Participants are only definitely registered after contacting the Parkers.

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

Type of trip: Fall migrants, photography. Scope useful.

Location and Directions: see above.

Public Transportation: no.

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

Approximate Distance: Distances depend on local birding info at time of the trip.

Terrain:  varies from open ground, boardwalks to sandy beaches.

Gradient: Flat.

Trail Surfaces: unpaved.

Accessibility: Wet conditions possible. Walking on open sandy beach may be a challenge for some.

Washrooms: at the West Dock, Scudders, at the meal stops and at the inn.

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.

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 sturdy 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, OR 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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