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Birds Canada: 'Folk BIRDS Outing in Norfolk County

  • 03 Jun 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Birds Canada Headquarters, Port Rowan
  • 16



Saturday: June 3

Leaders: Kathy Jones, Natasha Barlow

Trip Description: Meet 10:00 a.m. at the Birds Canada Headquarters in Port Rowan. We call this event ‘Folk BIRDS (Nor‘Folk Birding In Real-life Done Slowly). Join our hosts Kathy Jones and Natasha Barlow for an unrushed, relaxing event embracing nature through the lens of birds and their habitats. On this journey of bird discovery, we see how some of these fascinating creatures fly, feed, nest and use the habitats available at Birds Canada Headquarters, one of Norfolk County's most accessible birding hotspots. The group will enjoy the sights and sounds from the wide accessible deck and we may wander slowly down the gravel trail to the fully accessible blind that overlooks Long Point’s inner bay.

Who Should Come? This event is open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of OFO. This event is appropriate for birders of all experience levels. Newer birders will learn identification tips and experienced birders will enjoy learning about bird behaviour.

Type of Trip: Enjoying whatever comes our way and birding basics. This is an open, inclusive event designed for all age groups. We welcome those new or curious about birds and birdwatching, and those, experienced or not, looking for alternatives to traditional birding. The property is family-friendly, accessible with good parking, has shelter from sun and rain and the accessible washrooms will be open for the duration of the event. Binoculars are welcome but optional.

Please remember to dress appropriately for the conditions. Sneakers or sturdy boots are recommended as well as a sunhat and sunscreen. There will be bugs and the event will continue rain, shine or wind. There are black-legged ticks so dress accordingly and stay on the trails (learn more at Bring a snack and a chair, especially if you chose to spend time on the deck.

Location and Directions: The Birds Canada National Headquarters is at 115 Front Road in Port Rowan. Location coordinates:


Public Transportation: None.

Duration: 10:00 — 1:00 p.m., depending on interest. Short leisurely walk with frequent stops to look at interesting things.

Approximate Distance: One kilometre.

Terrain: Mostly flat; however, there are some small hills.

Gradient: Mostly level.

Trail Surfaces: Pavement, boardwalk, with the possibility of a short distance on gravel trails.

Accessibility: Suitable for people using mobility aids.

Washrooms: On site.

Land Acknowledgement: We would like to acknowledge the territory of the Anishementnawbe, Haudenosaunee  and Attawandaron, where we stage this event and where many of us live and work.

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 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 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 Please allow a few days for a response.

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

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