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    • 24 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 29 May 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Pinery Provincial Park (9526 Lakeshore Rd, Grand Bend)
    Register

    Friday, May 24 to Wednesday, May 29 (but come for any portion of that)

    Leaders: Mike Burrell, Mike Cadman


    This Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Square Bash is an event that brings volunteers together to camp and atlas over a few days, with a goal of covering key gaps in Atlas coverage. Meet and camp at Pinery Provincial Park. Free park access and camping is provided to registered participants. Participants will camp in the park, and will be birding in small groups each day, covering squares in and around the park. Pinery Provincial Park is situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Huron, and contains regionally-rare ecosystems such as Great Lakes coastal sand dunes and an oak savanna. The park and surrounding area are host to over 300 bird species, with possibilities including Tufted Titmouse, Red-headed Woodpeckers and maybe even a Dickcissel!


    Who Should Come? Open to anyone collecting data for the Atlas. Camping is free for participants, but roofed accommodation is available locally and day-trippers are also welcome.


    Type of Trip: Atlas Square Bash. Find out more about Square Bashes at: www.birdsontario.org/square-bashes/

    Location and Directions: Pinery Provincial Park is located off of Highway 21, about 9 km south of Grand Bend and 68 km northwest of London. More information on the park is available at: https://www.ontarioparks.ca/park/pinery.

    Duration: May 24-29 but participants can come for any portion of that period. Each day, atlassing will begin at dawn and continue throughout the morning, weather permitting. Afternoons will be optional free time and evenings will involve planning for the next day and some crepuscular surveys.

    Approximate Distance: At the discretion of participants. Will vary from atlassing in the campground to covering squares up to 50 km from the park.

    Terrain: At the discretion of participants. Varies from flat roadsides and trails to rough and demanding off-road in some locations. Trail surface may vary from paved to mud. Canoeing and kayaking optional. 

    Accessibility: Varied. Wheelchair accessible atlassing available in most squares. Persons with mobility issues can choose an appropriate terrain.

    Washrooms: Available in the campground and in various locations while in the field.

    What You Need to Know: OFO and the Atlas welcome all people who are interested in birds and birding and strive to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others.

    Beginner Birders: Most OFO and Atlas trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please provide information on your birding experience when you register and let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive. More info on the opportunities for beginner birders can be found here.

    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: The initial get-together will be at 7 pm, May 24, in the Pinery campground, but meetings will occur every evening. Please contact the trip organizers (atlas@birdsontario.org) 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, rain gear, and rubber or waterproof 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: Participants should be completely self-sufficient for eating, camping and birding. Please bring your ID and health card, food for the duration of the trip (groceries available locally). Sunscreen, bear spray, insect repellant and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are recommended. If you would like to use your own canoe or kayak or bicycle for atlassing, please bring them along - with all of the appropriate safety gear of course, and battery backup if possible.

    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope and camera. Please contact the Atlas office in advance by email at atlas@birdsontario.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. Please inform the trip leaders of your plans when you register, and each day when at the event.

    Rest Stops and Lunch Breaks: At the discretion of participants.

    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders may not be 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 and Atlas-3 aim 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 atlas@birdsontario.org. Please allow a few days for a response.

    Contact: Please email atlas@birdsontario.org if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 31 May 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 05 Jun 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Bon Echo Provincial Park (16151 Hwy 41, Cloyne)
    Register

    Friday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 5 (but come for any portion of that)

    Leaders: Mike Burrell and Kaelyn Bumelis


    This Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Square Bash is an event that brings volunteers together to camp and atlas over a few days, with a goal of covering key gaps in Atlas coverage. Meet and camp at Bon Echo Provincial Park. Free park access and camping is provided to registered participants. Participants will camp in the park, and will be birding in small groups each day, covering squares in and around the park. This area has beautiful lakes with stunning cliffs, often home to birds of prey such as Peregrine Falcons and a rich diversity of warblers and other forest songbirds.


    Who Should Come? Open to anyone collecting data for the Atlas. Camping is free for participants, but roofed accommodation is available locally and day-trippers are also welcome.


    Type of Trip: Atlas Square Bash. Find out more about Square Bashes at: www.birdsontario.org/square-bashes/

    Location and Directions: Bon Echo Provincial Park is located on Highway 41, about 75 km northwest of Sharbot Lake and 93 km southeast of Bancroft. More information on the park is available at: https://www.ontarioparks.ca/park/bonecho.

    Duration: May 31 - June 5, but participants can come for any portion of that period. Each day, atlassing will begin at dawn and continue throughout the morning, weather permitting. Afternoons will be optional free time and evenings will involve planning for the next day and some crepuscular surveys.

    Approximate Distance: At the discretion of participants. Will vary from atlassing in the campground to covering squares up to 50 km from the park.

    Terrain: At the discretion of participants. Varies from flat roadsides and trails to rough and demanding off-road in some locations. Trail surface may vary from paved to mud. Canoeing and kayaking optional. 

    Accessibility: Varied. Wheelchair accessible atlassing available in most squares. Persons with mobility issues can choose an appropriate terrain.

    Washrooms: Available in the campground and in various locations while in the field.

    What You Need to Know: OFO and the Atlas welcome all people who are interested in birds and birding and strive to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others.

    Beginner Birders: Most OFO and Atlas trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please provide information on your birding experience when you register and let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive. More info on the opportunities for beginner birders can be found here.

    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: The initial get-together will be at 7 pm, May 31, in the Bon Echo campground, but meetings will occur every evening. Please contact the trip organizers (atlas@birdsontario.org) 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, rain gear, and rubber or waterproof 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: Participants should be completely self-sufficient for eating, camping and birding. Please bring your ID and health card, food for the duration of the trip (groceries available locally). Sunscreen, bear spray, insect repellant and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are recommended. If you would like to use your own canoe or kayak or bicycle for atlassing, please bring them along - with all of the appropriate safety gear of course, and battery backup if possible.

    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope and camera. Please contact the Atlas office in advance by email at atlas@birdsontario.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. Please inform the trip leaders of your plans when you register, and each day when at the event.

    Rest Stops and Lunch Breaks: At the discretion of participants.

    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders may not be 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 and Atlas-3 aim 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 atlas@birdsontario.org. Please allow a few days for a response.

    Contact: Please email atlas@birdsontario.org if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 01 Jun 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Brighton
    • 7
    Register

    Saturday, June 1

    Leader: Doug McRae

    Trip Description: Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Beach 1 parking lot inside Presqu'ile Provincial Park. We will search for late migrating shorebirds, warblers and others.

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

    Location and Directions: The entrance to Presqu'ile is south of the town of Brighton in Northumberland County. Daily entrance fee required, unless you have an annual Ontario Parks pass.

    Public Transportation: None.

    Duration: 8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Rest stops and lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip. Most of this field trip will occur within the provincial park.

    Terrain: Beaches, scrub, forest, marsh and lake. Flat, but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Level.

    Trail Surfaces: Pavement, sand, wooden boardwalks.

    Accessibility: Wet conditions possible.

    Washrooms: In provincial park.

    Land Acknowledgement: Visitors today to Northumberland County respectfully acknowledge that Northumberland County is located on the Mississauga Anishinaabek territory and is the traditional territory of the Mississauga.

    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION.

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email 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 leaders before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.

    • 01 Jun 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Birds Canada Headquarters, Port Rowan
    • 16
    Register

    Saturday, June 1

    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.

    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 https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/lyme-pamphlet.html). 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:

    (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birds+Canada/@42.6149302,-80.4593303)

    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.

    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.
    • 02 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Glen Morris Area
    • 1
    Register

    Sunday, June 2

    Leaders: Jason and Jenny Pizzey

    Cell for trip contact: 519-755-4870

    Trip Description: Meet at Grass Lake, Shouldice Side Road, North Dumfries at 7:00 a.m. No public transport available. Bring packed lunch and drink.

    We hope to see Sandhill Cranes (they nest here), Bitterns, grassland species (Bobolink, Meadowlark, and Sparrows). We will visit Bannister lake and then hike the Rail Trail along the Grand River in the late morning. Bald Eagles, woodland nesters and late warblers are all possibilities.

    Type of Trip: 

    Location and Directions:

    Public Transportation:

    Duration:

    Approximate Distance: 2-3 km per stop, total of 10km for the day

    Terrain: gravel paths, roads, narrow paths, flat for the most part

    Facilities: no washrooms at morning stops, washrooms at Glen Morris Rail Trail

    Land Acknowledgement :  

    The people residing in the Cambridge area  acknowledge that we are situated upon the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral People. We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.


    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.
    • 07 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 12 Jun 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mikisew Provincial Park (301 Park Rd S, South River)
    Register

    Friday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 12 (but come for any portion of that)

    Leaders: Kaelyn Bumelis


    This Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas Square Bash is an event that brings volunteers together to camp and atlas over a few days, with a goal of covering key gaps in Atlas coverage. Meet and camp at Mikisew Provincial Park. Free park access and camping is provided to registered participants. Participants will camp in the park, and will be birding in small groups each day, covering squares in and around the park. This area is home to beautiful hardwood forests and wetlands, and Bald Eagles and Ospreys can often be seen on Eagle Lake. A rich diversity of warblers and other forest songbirds also nest in the area.


    Who Should Come? Open to anyone collecting data for the Atlas. Camping is free for participants, but roofed accommodation is available locally and day-trippers are also welcome.


    Type of Trip: Atlas Square Bash. Find out more about Square Bashes at: www.birdsontario.org/square-bashes/

    Location and Directions: Mikisew Provincial Park is located near Highway 11, about 15 km from South River and 72 km from Huntsville. More information on the park is available at: https://www.ontarioparks.ca/park/mikisew.

    Duration: June 7-12, but participants can come for any portion of that period. Each day, atlassing will begin at dawn and continue throughout the morning, weather permitting. Afternoons will be optional free time and evenings will involve planning for the next day and some crepuscular surveys.

    Approximate Distance: At the discretion of participants. Will vary from atlassing in the campground to covering squares up to 50 km from the park.

    Terrain: At the discretion of participants. Varies from flat roadsides and trails to rough and demanding off-road in some locations. Trail surface may vary from paved to mud. Canoeing and kayaking optional. 

    Accessibility: Varied. Wheelchair accessible atlassing available in most squares. Persons with mobility issues can choose an appropriate terrain.

    Washrooms: Available in the campground and in various locations while in the field.

    What You Need to Know: OFO and the Atlas welcome all people who are interested in birds and birding and strive to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others.

    Beginner Birders: Most OFO and Atlas trips are suitable for beginner birders. Please provide information on your birding experience when you register and let the trip leader know if you are new to birding when you arrive. More info on the opportunities for beginner birders can be found here.

    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: The initial get-together will be at 7 pm, June 7, in the Mikisew campground, but meetings will occur every evening. Please contact the trip organizers (atlas@birdsontario.org) 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, rain gear, and rubber or waterproof 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: Participants should be completely self-sufficient for eating, camping and birding. Please bring your ID and health card, food for the duration of the trip (groceries available locally). Sunscreen, bear spray, insect repellant and a topical insect bite treatment such as Afterbite or Benadryl are recommended. If you would like to use your own canoe or kayak or bicycle for atlassing, please bring them along - with all of the appropriate safety gear of course, and battery backup if possible.

    Optics and Cameras: Please bring your choice of binoculars, optional scope and camera. Please contact the Atlas office in advance by email at atlas@birdsontario.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. Please inform the trip leaders of your plans when you register, and each day when at the event.

    Rest Stops and Lunch Breaks: At the discretion of participants.

    Safety and First Aid: Trip leaders may not be 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 and Atlas-3 aim 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 atlas@birdsontario.org. Please allow a few days for a response.

    Contact: Please email atlas@birdsontario.org if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 15 Jun 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Pottageville
    • 0
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    Saturday, June 15

    Leader: Kevin Shackleton

    Trip Description: Take the Highway 400 to the Lloydtown Aurora Road exit and then go west toward Pottageville and south on the 7th concession to where it dead ends at the forest.  There is a newish York Region Forest Happy Valley area north of that and it would also be easier to reach the NCC Goldie Feldman tract off the 17th SR if people wanted to extend the day .

    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Happy+Valley+Forest/@43.9874016,-79.6250948,1679m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x882ad9a25298ee91:0x5234d6bde23d7490!8m2!3d43.9634592!4d-79.6154603!16s%2Fg%2F11fz6cj4dd?entry=ttu

    Hooded Warbler is usually the sought after species.  Acadian Flycatcher has not been reported for a few years.  Otherwise it is the usual suspects in a mature woodland : warblers, tanagers, woodpeckers, etc.

    Meet 7:30 a.m. 

    Type of Trip: Breeding birds, late spring migrants, photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above

    Public Transportation: None.

    Duration: 7:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. 

    Approximate Distance: Several kilometres. Mostly walking involved.

    Terrain: Woodlands.

    Gradient: Mostly level, with a few  hills.

    Trail Surfaces: A mix of pathed and unpaved paths. Sturdy footwear required.

    Accessibility: Not suitable for those using wheelchairs or walkers.

    Washrooms: Available on site.

    Land Acknowledgement: This land is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This land acknowledgement is important: It reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people in our community – and indeed across the nations.

    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.
    • 16 Jun 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Keene near Peterborough
    • 22
    Register

    Sunday, June 16

    Leader: Brian Wales

    Trip Description: Meet 7:30 am at the boat launch for the Indian River on County Road 2 in Keene, southeast of Peterborough. Bring your own canoe/kayak and safety equipment, snacks, water, binoculars and cameras. Our group will paddle north to set of rapids, then south out to Rice Lake through a large marsh before returning to boat launch by approximately 2.00 p.m. We have set a maximum of 12 canoes/kayaks. At least a basic paddling expertise is required. Participants bringing their own vessel are expected to equip it with the required safety equipment (life jackets, bailer, whistle, light and throw rope).

    Important Note: Register at ofo.ca as you would for any OFO Field Trip. But a waiver form must also be signed on trip day for this outing.

    Type of Trip: Paddling to find water birds and other breeding species; photography.

    Location and Directions: Keene is approximately 21 kilometres southeast of Peterborough in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township, Peterborough County.

    Public Transportation: None.

    Duration: 7:30 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. Rest stops will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: See above.

    Terrain: River, lake, marsh.

    Gradient: Level

    Trail Surfaces: Not applicable, but good footwear is advised.

    Accessibility: Rainy conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: At beginning of trip; another site to be determined.

    Land Acknowledgement for Peterborough: We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabe. We offer our gratitude to our First Nations for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we continue to honour those teachings.

    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.
    • 16 Jun 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Windsor
    • 22
    Register

    Sunday, June 16

    Leaders: Jeremy Hatt (he/him), Jennifer Nantais (she/her)

    Trip Description: Meet 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Ojibway Park in Windsor to join OFO and the Essex County Field Naturalists' Club (ECFNC) for a Pride Month Birding Walk. This second annual walk is a celebration of the LGBTQ2S+ community, but all members of the birding community are welcomeWe start by exploring the trails of Ojibway Park before crossing the street to follow the Titcombe path between the Tallgrass Heritage Prairie Heritage Park and the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve. 

    Who Should Come? As a cooperative effort of OFO and the ECFNC, we invite all who are interested in the outing and encourage newer or first-time birders to come along. Creating a respectful, welcoming and accessible environment is our first priority as we enjoy observing the breeding birds of Ojibway and environs. 

    Type of Trip: Walking trails for summer breeding birds.

    Location and Directions: Ojibway Park is located at 5200 Matchette Road in Windsor

    Public Transportation: The South Windsor 7 bus has a stop at Titcombe Road at the entrance to Ojibway Park. 

    Duration: 8:30 am. — 12:00 noon. With rest stops, if needed 

    Approximate Distance: About five kilometres, depending on the birding.

    Terrain: Forest, grasslands; close-toed shoes or hiking footwear recommended. 

    Gradient: Mostly level.

    Trail Surfaces: Mostly gravel, but some asphalt and dirt trails. 

    Accessibility: Asphalt trails in Ojibway Park are accessible, as is the Ojibway Park Nature Centre. Our walk can be modified to accommodate mobility needs of participants. A drinking water station is located in the Ojibway Park Nature Centre.

    Washrooms: The Ojibway Park Nature Center has public washrooms, including wheelchair accessible facilities.

    Land AcknowledgementWe would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which includes the Ojibwa, the Odawa and the Potawatomie. The City of Windsor honours all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.
    • 23 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto
    • 10
    Register

    Sunday, June 23

    Leaders: Maxwell Matchim (they/them), John Nishikawa (he/him)

    Trip Details: Meet 9:00 a.m. at the front gate of Tommy Thompson Park (a.k.a. the Leslie Street Spit). We are returning with another exciting Pride Month collaboration between OFO and the Toronto Ornithological Club (TOC). On the Pride Birding Walk, we will search for the breeding birds of the park with a full morning of walking. The walk runs until 12:00 p.m., with an optional afternoon extension to 2:00.

    Who Should Come? While this walk is a celebration of the LGBTQ2S+ community, all are welcome. You do not need to be a member of OFO or TOC. Creating a respectful, welcoming and accessible environment is our first priority. We encourage newer birders and first-timers to come along; all skill levels are welcome.

    Type of Trip: Walking roads and trails to find the breeding birds of Tommy Thompson Park.

    Location and Directions: Tommy Thompson Park (43°39'08.2"N 79°19'22.5"W) is located at the south end of Leslie Street in east end Toronto. With access from Unwin Avenue just west of Leslie Street, the park's parking lot at the entrance is free. There is also free parking along the Unwin Avenue roadside.

    Public Transportation: The TTC's southbond #83 Jones bus will take you to the intersection of Commissioners Street and Leslie Street, which is a 500-metre walk from the park entrance. The #83 bus leaves from the Donlands subway station on the Danforth Line.

    Duration: 9:00 a.m.— 12:00 p.m., with optional extension to 2:00 p.m. Rest stops, if needed.

    Approximate distance: Six kilometres of walking, depending on the birding conditions.

    Terrain: Forest patches, brush, open lands, constructed ponds and the edges of Lake Ontario.

    Gradient: Mostly flat, with small hills in wooded areas and the possibility of some flooding on trails; close-toed shoes or rubber boots recommended.

    Trail Surfaces: Mostly paved, with some dirt forest trails.

    Accessibility: We may leave the paved path to explore wooded trails; the walk can be modified on the day of in accordance with any mobility needs. A drinking water station is located near our meeting point.

    Washrooms: There are multiple portable toilets along the route and a wheelchair accessible washroom at the entrance to the park.

    Land Acknowledgement: The land in Toronto (Tkaronto) in what we now know as Canada, from where we are  meeting, includes the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

    We also acknowledge that Toronto and this area of Toronto have been included under the Williams Treaty, the Toronto Purchase - Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit and the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum inter-nation peace agreement.

    We are doing a land acknowledgement today to recognize the communities of peoples that were present and inhabited the lands before us and the traditional territories of the peoples whose lands we are fortunate to share, live on and present from today. Also, in effort to continue to improve our ongoing inter-relations with members of First Nations and Indigenous communities today. We are mindful of broken covenants and the need to reconcile with all our relations. Together, may we care for this land and each other, drawing on the strengths of our mutual nation building through peace and friendship being mindful of generations to come.


    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.
    • 09 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Sep 2024
    • 10:00 PM
    • Meet at Cochrane train station
    • 0

    Fall Birding at Moosonee/Moose Factory

    September 9 (Monday) to September 13 (Friday), 2024


    Leaders: Martin & Kathy Parker


    This annual OFO trip to Moosonee & Moose Factory permits one to explore the bird life of Ontario’s salt water coast.  Highlights will include Snow Geese, shorebirds, Sandhill Cranes, and one or two surprises.  The trip costs include a full day boat trip to the coast of James Bay.  Other birding locations in Moosonee and Moose Factory Island will be visited.  An introduction to Cree culture will also occur. 


    Meet at the train station early on Monday, Sept. 9th.The group boards the train in Cochrane. The trip endslate on Friday when the train returns to Cochrane. 


    The trip cost is $1,350 based on double occupancy.  The trip package includes train travel from Cochrane to Moosonee and return, four night’s motel accommodation in Moosonee with breakfasts, the all day trip to the Bay and mouth of the Moose River which includes a hot field lunch, boat transportation, and full day at Moose Factory which includes boat transport to the island, some travel on the island and special Cree lunch.  Travel in the Moosonee area will be primarily on foot. Terrain is moderate. 


    Participation limited to 14 participants.  Full details and background information on this special trip will be provided to all participants once they have contacted the leaders.   Space is limited due to boat capacity and availability of rooms.  Contact the leaders at mparker19@cogeco.ca


    Land Acknowledgement for Moosonee:

    We begin by acknowledging that we are meeting on aboriginal land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning. As settlers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land – for thousands of years. In particular, we acknowledge that we are in Treaty 9 territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Ojibway/Chippewa, Oji-Cree, Mushkegowuk (Cree), Algonquin. Kapuskasing – we are in Treaty 9 territory and the land on which we gather today is the traditional territory of Cree, Moose Cree. 


    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO trips are for OFO members and one guest only.

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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 fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

    If you have any questions or concerns, email fieldtrips@ofo.ca.

    • 14 Sep 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Cochrane
    • 18
    Register

    Saturday, September 14: Cochrane


    Trip Leaders: Rhonda Donley, Ken and Angie Williams


    Contact info: 226-378-1245, rrhondarat@yahoo.ca


    Trip Description: Meet 8:30 a.m. at the lobby of the Station Inn in Cochrane. We'll spend 1-2 hours in the agricultural area north of town looking for staging sandhill cranes and a Bald Eagle nest. Then we'll drive an hour into the boreal forest east of town to the site of a recent forest fire to look for Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee and other northern specialties. 


    What to bring: water, lunch, snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sturdy boots/shoes, extra shoes and socks, whistle, full tank of gas (no gas stations once we leave town).


    Facilities: None once the trip begins.


    Terrain: Moderate. Rough dirt roads, some off road walking in recently logged or burned areas with lots of fallen logs. Slow pace.


    Land Acknowledgement for Cochrane
    Our group honours and acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 7 territory, traditional lands of the Stoney Nakoda peoples of the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley Bands, the Tsuut’ina, the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) peoples of Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Band. We also respectfully acknowledge that we are on the homelands of the Métis Nation within Region III.


    About OFO Field Trips


    OFO trips are for OFO members and one guest only unless they are public trips.


    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.


    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 


    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.


    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.


    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.


    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.

    • 29 Sep 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Oct 2024
    • 4:30 PM
    • Location : Pelee Island
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Fall Migration on Pelee Island

    Sunday, September 29th to Tuesday, October 1st

    Leaders: Martin and Kathy Parker

    This is a post-Convention opportunity to experience an outing to Pelee Island in order to sample the fall migration of both birds and butterflies on Canada’s southern island.  We will also discover some of the other special features of this place. The bird migration will be well underway at this time of the year.

    On Sept. 29 meet at the Kingsville ferry terminal prior to the ferry departure to Pelee Island. While on the island the group will visit Fish Point and Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserves, the Stone Road Alvar and the NCC Constructed Wetland Complex.   For those interested, a visit to the Pelee Island Bird Banding Station is available.

    The cost of this trip is $395 per person based on double occupancy and includes two nights accommodation and breakfast at the Wandering Dog Inn.  Lunches and suppers will be responsibility of each participant.

    Registration with the trip leaders, Martin and Kathy Parker at mparker19@cogeco.ca is required at least one month before the start of the trip.  A detailed information package will be provided to those who register with the Parkers.  Space is limited due to accommodation.

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


    Accessibility: Terrain is flat and varies from open ground, boardwalks to sandy beaches. Wet conditions possible. Walking on open sandy beach may be a challenge for some. Washrooms are available at the West Dock, Scudders, at the meal stops and at the inn.


    Land Acknowledgement:  Ontario’s Southwest is on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg/Anishnabek/Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Huron-Wendt/Huron-Wendat, Attawandaron (Neutral), Lenape, Ojibway/Chippewa, and Wendat Indigenous Peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. 

    About OFO Field Trips

    OFO trips are for OFO members and one guest only.

    OFO strives to create an inclusive, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. Trip leaders are volunteers who generously offer their time to share their knowledge and passion for birds with others. 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.

    Cancellation Policy: Space is limited so please cancel your registration if you cannot attend. If you need to cancel your registration on an outing, please go to the Events Registration page at https://ofo25.wildapricot.org/events. If you are registered for an event, you will see "Already registered" on the left side of the brief outing summary. Click on this, and you will see a button you can click to CANCEL REGISTRATION. 

    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.

    What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toe footwear. Bring ID and health card, water, a packed lunch for longer trips, 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.

    Loaner Binoculars: Email fieldtrips@ofo.caif 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 before you go.

    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.

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