Saturday: May 13
Leaders: Janice House, Regan Goodyear, David Goodyear
Trip Description: Meet 8.00 a.m. in parking lot of James W. Kerr Park in Bracebridge. Bird the park, the Bracebridge sewage ponds (at the Lagoon Lane Wastewater Treatment Plant) and Henry Marsh. Slow pace. Eat lunch at park. Tim Hortons and other restaurants are close by on Wellington Street.
Who Should Come? Field trips are for OFO members; one guest is allowed, if required. New birders and photographers are welcome.
Type of Trip: Resident birds, spring migrants, photography. A scope is useful.
Location and Directions: James W. Kerr Park is located at 130 Beaumont Drive in Bracebridge.
Public Transportation: None.
Duration: 8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Rest stops will be available throughout the day.
Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip. Most of the trip will be within the Bracebridge town limits.
Terrain: Mostly flat, but good footwear required.
Trail Surfaces: Paved or dirt.
Accessibility: Wet conditions possible.
Washrooms: In James W. Kerr Park and nearby Tim Hortons and other restaurants.
Land Acknowledgement: Today our group acknowledges that the land was traditionally occupied by Indigenous Peoples who continue to care for the land and shape Bracebridge today. We acknowledge the treaties signed with Indigenous people many years ago and confirm their relevance today.
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 leaders 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 leaders (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 email@example.com 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 leaders.
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 leaders, 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 leaders in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow a few days for a response.
Contact: Please email email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.