Saturday: May 6
Leader: Mark Calhoun
Meet 8.00 a.m at parking lot on James Bay Junction Road. The Rose Point Trail is a linear path along the former JR Booth Rail bed. It visits mature woodland, several beaver ponds, small lakes, a river and a large sedge meadow. About 60 bird species are expected.
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: The Rose Point Trail runs between James Bay Junction Road and Rose Point Road south of Parry Sound. If arriving by Highway 400, exit at Bowes Street, go west to the first left turn, drive south on Oastler Park Drive for 2.6 kilometres, turn right on James Bay Junction Road, drive 1.5 km and the parking lot is on the left.
Public Transportation: None.
Duration: 8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Rest stops will be available throughout the day. There are many benches on the trail. Bring a packed lunch and a drink.
Approximate Distance: We will bird along the trail for three km and then turn around, for a total of six km.
Terrain: Mostly flat but good footwear required.
Trail Surfaces: Mostly grassy.
Accessibility: Wet conditions possible.
Washrooms: None onsite.
Land Acknowledgement: The District of Parry Sound wishes to acknowledge that we work on and enjoy the lands that have been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning. Indigenous families know these lands as the hunting grounds, medicine areas, and gathering places. The District of Parry Sound is home of the Anishinaabeg/Anishinaabek – Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples, and the territory of the Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan, Dokis and Henvey Inlet First Nations and is under the Robinson-Huron Treaty. As we are all treaty people, it is important to learn about the lands we stand on and the people who live here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Please allow a few days for a response.
Contact: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.