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    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Smooth Rock Falls
    • 20
    Register

    Trip Description: Meet in Smooth Rock Falls at 6 am. Target birds are Black-backed Woodpecker, Tennessee Warbler, and other Boreal breeders.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members.  One birding buddy is allowed where required. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leaders: Angie and Ken Williams

    Location: Meet at 188 Ross Road, Smooth Rock Falls.
    Smooth Rock Falls is located on Highway #11 about 5.5 hours drive north of North Bay.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellent (head-net recommended), snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca. Alternatively you can contact the leaders at 905-870-8583 or by email at aw8675334@gmail.com


    Terrain: Fairly hilly terrain. Slow pace. Walk on ski trails and/or along road.

    Visit to waterfalls also planned.

    Facilities: Restrooms available at 188 Ross Road. 



    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Colonel Sam Smith Park, Etobicoke
    • 17
    Register

    Trip Description: Meet 8:00 a.m. in south car park closest to the park hiking trail (paved).Follow trail to end of Spit and return. Leaders will search for resident birds and early migrants. 

    Location: Colonel Sam Smith Park is situated at foot of Kipling Avenue. TTC: Can be reached by TTC via Lakeshore Boulevard or Kipling Bus. 

    Leaders: Jack Alvo and Lynne Freeman

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Wheelchair accessible. 

    Facilities: Restrooms are closed due to COVID restrictions. 

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Suitable for beginner birders. Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Contact: Please contact trip leader in advance if you require accommodations, loaner binoculars by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    • 18 Jul 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Thickson's Point, Whitby
    • 11
    Register

    Trip Description: Meet 8:00 a.m. in car park adjacent to walking trail to Thickson's Point, situated at 2650 Thickson's Road, South. Follow tarmac trail to Thickson's Point. Leader will search for resident birds and early migrants. There will be a mid-morning break to visit restaurant for coffee and washroom. Return to site for birding trail into Thickson's Woods and marsh.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader: Dave Milsom

    Location: 2650 Thickson's Road, South, Whitby. Public transit: Take GO train to Whitby Station, then Whitby Transit to meeting place.

    Facilities: No washrooms onsite but restaurants within nearby driving distance. 

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by emailing admin@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Wheelchair accessible during first part of trip at Thickson's Point. Marsh and Thickson's Woods trails include slight hills and forest trails.

    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lynde Shores Conservation Area
    • 17
    Register

    Trip Description: Meet 7:30 a.m. at Lynde Shores Conservation Area parking lot on Victoria Street in Whitby. Exit Hwy. 401 at Brock Street (Exit 410). Turn left (south) onto Brock Street. Turn right (west) onto Victoria. Go 2.5 km to Lynde Shores on the south side. The day will include visits to Cranberry Marsh, Oshawa Second Marsh, Corner Marsh & Frenchman’s Bay. Note that participants can depart earlier if required. Early Fall migrant warblers, vireos, flycatchers, shorebirds, butterflies.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. (One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required).  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leaders: Rayfield Pye and John Stirrat.

    Location: Lynde Shores Conservation Area. Parking fee of $12 is required. Not accessible by public transit.

    What to bring: Lunch if birding all day, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by emailing admin@ofo.ca. 

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Travel by car between locations.

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Presqu’ile Provincial Park
    • 10
    Register

    Trip Description: Meet at Presqu’ile Provincial Park at Owen Point Trail parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Workshop will focus on identification, plumages and aging southbound shorebirds. Expect to walk between viewing points along beaches to Owen Point. Scope recommended. Vehicle daily entry fee or provincial park pass required. Morning only. Water levels on Lake Ontario may change itinerary. 

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. Maximum 14 participants. 

    Leader: Jean Iron

    Location: Presqu'ile Provincial Park :  Registrants MUST have a reservation ahead of time with Ontario Parks to be presented on arrival at the gate and posted in the car. This applies to day pass and season pass holders. You must book your reservation 5 days ahead to be sure to obtain a spot in the park. To reserve, go to: https://www.ontarioparks.com/reservations or Reservations by Phone. Call Toll Free: 1-888-ONT-PARK  (1-888-668-7275).

    Ontario Parks requires advanced bookings for day use at Presqu’ile Provincial Park either online or by phone. Please obtain your daily vehicle permit reservation 5 DAYS IN ADVANCE for Saturday, 21 August 2021. Go online to Ontario Parks Reservation System and select Day Use. You will need to create an account to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to register if you already have an Ontario Parks seasonal pass. Follow instructions either to purchase a daily vehicle permit or to enter your seasonal pass number. You also need your vehicle licence plate number. Ontario Parks Reservation phone number 1-888-668-7275.

     

    Ontario Parks Reservation System

    What to bring: Binoculars, scope (optional), water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    Facilities: Public restrooms available.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. 

    • 28 Aug 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Palgrave
    • 17
    Register

    Trip Description: Meet 8:00 a.m. at Patterson Sideroad and Hwy. 50 in the village of Palgrave. Fall migrants - warblers, flycatchers, shorebirds. Possibility of  plovers, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers.  Conditions vary year by year requiring a flexible schedule. 

    Leader: John Schmelefske

    Location: Highway #50 north to Palgrave, or Highway # 400 to Highway #9 west to Highway #50 south into Palgrave.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: Fairly flat terrain. Slow pace. 

    Facilities: There will be a break for lunch.  Bring your own or attend the local Tim Hortons where washrooms will be available (bring a mask).  Gas stations also accessible.



    • 29 Aug 2021
    • 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Toronto Islands
    • 20
    Register

    Trip Description: 

    From Harbourfront in Toronto (Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at Bay/Queen's Quay), catch the 6:30 a.m. ferry to Ward’s Island. Tickets can currently only be bought online, in advance, at the following link:

    https://secure.toronto.ca/FerryTicketOnline/tickets2/index.jsp


    Early Fall migrants. The trip involves a lot of walking all day long. Please bring lunch if you plan to stay all day (some food may also be available to purchase on the island).

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leaders: Gavin Platt

    Location: Toronto Islands

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Reasonable pace. 

    Facilities: Restrooms should be open in ferry terminal, on ferry and on Islands. 



    • 19 Sep 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Algonquin Provincial Park
    • 16
    Register

    Trip Description: Meet 8:30 a.m. in car park at Algonquin Park Visitor Centre. Group will first bird from the Visitor Centre, then walk the trail at the Spruce Bog into the bog and back to the car park, then group will drive to Mew Lake for lunch, washroom break, prior to hiking the trail at the old airfield as far as the overlook at Lake of Two Rivers. Possible bird species for the day include Spruce Grouse, Canada Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Pipit, Eastern Bluebird, Lapland Longspur, raptors, and migrant sparrows.

    Who can come: Trip is for OFO members. One birding buddy may accompany registrant if required.  Maximum: 20 participants. 

    Leader: Dave Milsom

    Location: Algonquin Park Visitor Centre is at km. 43 on Highway #60, where your required vehicle permit may be purchased.

    What to bring: Water, sunscreen, insect repellant, snacks, rain gear, cameras. Please contact trip leader in advance if you require loaner binoculars or accommodations by sending email to: admin@ofo.ca.

    Terrain: Flat terrain. Slow pace. Wheelchair accessible for the most part.

    Facilities: Restrooms should be open at V.C., Spruce Bog, and Mew Lake. 



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