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Carden Alvar: Kawartha Lakes

  • 28 May 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Kirkfield
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Sunday: May 28

Leaders: Jean Iron,  Ron Tozer, Dawn Sherman

Trip Description: Meet 9:00 a.m. in Kirkfield at the parking lot of Lady Mackenzie School on the right of Kirkfield Road 6, about one-half kilometre north of Kawartha Road 48. Trip consists of some driving, as well as comfortable walking along road edges. Loggerhead Shrike, Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper, Clay-colored and Vesper Sparrows, and other grassland species. Please bring your own drinks, lunch and snacks as restaurants are not available during the trip.

Type of Trip: Breeding birds, spring migrants, photography. A scope is useful.

Who Can Come? Field trips are for OFO members; one guest is allowed, if required. New birders and photographers are welcome.

Location and Directions: Kirkfield can be reached by Kawartha Road 48 from Highway 12.

Public Transportation: None.

Duration: 9:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Rest stops and lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

Terrain: Flat conservation areas, farmland, wood edges, marsh; good footwear required.

Gradient: Level.

Trail Surfaces: Pavement and sand.

Accessibility: Wet conditions possible. 

Washrooms: At the Kirkfield Lift Lock and other locations.

Land Acknowledgement: The City of Kawartha Lakes respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Mississauga lands and the traditional territory covered by the Williams Treaties. We are grateful for the opportunity to be here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land for thousands of years.

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 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 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 Bfor 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 Please allow a few days for a response.

Contact: Please email if you have any questions or concerns.

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