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    • 01 Dec 2021
    • 28 Feb 2022
    • Ontario
    Register

    Welcome to OFO's Winter Birding Challenge

    December 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022


    Join the Winter Birding Challenge to get outside and enjoy the winter, find some great birds, contribute to community science through eBird, and have a chance to win some great prizes! You do not need to be a member of OFO to participate in the challenge.


    You can join anytime up to two weeks before the challenge ends, and bird anywhere in Ontario, but we encourage you to find as many birds as you can within 5 miles of your home - your Five Mile Radius (5MR) patch. (Yes, we use kilometres here in Canada, but the “Five Mile Radius” is a popular birding strategy among North American birders!). 


    Birding near your home can help reduce your ecological footprint and you will find some new and fun places to bird. How many different species can you find this winter within your Five Mile Radius?


    How to Register


    Create your eBird Account

    If you haven’t done so already, create an account with eBird Canada so you can record your bird sightings. 


    Create your eBird 5MR Patch (optional)

    Create your Five Mile Radius (5MR) in eBird at your personalized patch page. (Note: you must be logged into to eBird). Your 5MR patch must include 5MR in the patch name.


    Find out more about Yard and Patch Lists in eBird.


    Register for the Challenge with OFO


    IMPORTANT: Before completing your registration with OFO, you must create your eBird account and your optional 5MR Patch. You will need your eBird screen name to complete your registration.

    Once you have setup your eBird account, and your optional 5MR patch, you can complete your registration here. 


    How to Participate in the Challenge

    To participate, simply submit eligible eBird checklists and share your checklists with the OFO eBird account “ OFObirds” (no quotes).


    Eligible checklists must be from Ontario, be at least 10 minutes in duration and complete.


    While all checklists can be submitted for prizes, we encourage you to bird your local area, especially within your "five-mile radius patch" around your home, denoted in eBird by "5MR" in your patch name.


    Challenge Rules

    Prizes will be chosen from individuals that have submitted the following:

    • 10 eligible checklists for each bi-weekly prize

    • 5 eligible checklists for the Great Backyard Bird Count prize

    • 60 eligible checklists for the Grand Prize

    • Participants who have a “five mile radius” patch in eBird will get an extra chance to win each prize. Be sure to include “5MR” in your patch name to qualify


    Prize Cutoff 

    Cut-off for bi-weekly prizes will be Sundays at 6 pm — the first prizes will be drawn on December 12, 2021. Cut-off for the Grand Prize will be Monday, February 28, 2022 at 6pm.


    Prizes will be announced on the Monday following the cut-off.  Individuals will be notified by email and also posted on social media and Birdnews.


    COVID-19 Precautions

    Please remember during the COVID-19 pandemic, all Ontario birders should be taking extra precautions and following local, provincial, and federal regulations.


    Connect on Social Media

    We welcome you to post your thoughts, pictures and questions on the OFO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OntarioFieldOrnithologists. Please use the hashtag #winterbirdingchallenge or #ofowinterbirdingchallenge.


    If posting on Instagram, refer to the challenge using @ofobirds as well as the hashtags above.


    Questions or Comments?

    Please email challenge@ofo.ca if you have any questions or comments


    • 27 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Amherst island
    • 0
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    Title and Date:  Amherst Island-February 27 (Sunday)

    Leader : Mike Burrell


    Trip Description: February 27  we will meet (and carpool) at the Amherst Island ferry dock (44.193057, -76.741106) at 8am (in order to catch the 8.30 ferry). There will be an emphasis on looking for wintering owls and raptors. Bring a packed lunch and hot drink. We will likely come off the island early afternoon with an optional extension to Kingston (weather/birding permitting). As we will be visiting the owl woods, we will cap participation at 20 OFO members on a first-come first-served basis. Register at www.ofo.ca


    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members. One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.


    Type of trip: driving;  and hiking on snow-covered trails.


    Meeting location and directions: Amherst Island ferry dock


    Public transportation: n/a


    Duration and rest stops: morning visit to Owl Woods. Rest of day will involve driving to best birding spots.


    Approximate distance: 15 kms. on Amherst Island.


    Terrain:  Mostly very flat.


    Trail surfaces: Could be icy and snow-packed.


    Accessibility:  Depending on weather conditions, may be necessary to hike into owl woods from main road.

    Washrooms: at ferry dock on mainland and on the island.

    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 12 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Location : Cayuga
    • 0
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    Trip :Fisherville area, Haldimand-Norfolk County

    Leader Name(s): Leaders : Mike Norton, Barry Coombs.

    Trip Description: 

    March12 (Saturday): Fisherville area, Haldimand-Norfolk County

    Leaders: Mike Norton, Barry Coombs. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the high school at the north end of Cayuga on County Road 54. Hawks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, sparrows.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Winter birds,  photography.

    Location and Directions: Cayuga High School parking lot on Co. Rd. 54 at north end of Cayuga.

    Public Transportation: n/a

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good winter footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat, some hilly sections possible.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Icy or snowy  conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at local restaurant in Selkirk, and at Tims in Port Dover.


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 13 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Location : Long Point
    • 0
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    Trip : Long Point Area :  March 13 (Sunday).

    Leader Name(s): Leaders : Doug Tozer, (Birds Canada staff).

    Trip Description: 

    March 13 (Sunday) Long Point Area

     Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Birds Canada National Headquarters, 115 Front Road, Port Rowan, ON (coordinates and Google Map link below). End at noon – 1 p.m. at Old Cut Research Station on Long Point. Waterfowl, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, early spring migrants. The tour will focus on sites featured in the Long Point Birding Trail available here - https://birdscanada.b-cdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Birding-Trail-brochure-2021.pdfFor a summary of Long Point bird life, please visit the Long Point Bird Observatory Sightings Board - https://birdscanada.org/lpbo.

    Note that availability of washrooms may be limited depending on COVID restrictions, and access to any Birds Canada building will likely require masks and vaccination. Lunch will likely be outside or on your own, although an indoor option at Old Cut Research Station may be possible.

    Morning meeting location:https://www.google.com/maps/place/Birds+Canada/@42.6149302,-80.4593303,18.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x882dc7ff0623278d:0xd1546d298b85106c!8m2!3d42.615028!4d-80.458803

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Winter birds and early migrants,  photography.

    Location and Directions: St Williams Forestry Station on Co. Rd. #24.

    Public Transportation: n/a

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good winter footwear required. Also, bring rain gear.

    A telescope is very useful on this outing.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: mostly paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Icy or snowy  conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: see above.


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 03 Apr 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Point Pelee area
    • 0
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    Date – April 3rd (Sunday ) 2022

    Leader Name(s): Leader : Jeremy Bensette.

    Trip Description: 

    Meet 8.00 a.m. at parking lot of Mersea Park on Point Pelee Drive. All who photograph birds and nature are welcome. Non-photographers also invited. Possible visit to National Park (entry fee).Outing itinerary depends on recent local information.


    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Spring/winter  birds,  photography.

    Location and Directions: see above

    Public Transportation: n/a

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat .

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Icy or snowy  conditions are possible. 

    Washrooms: at local restaurants or in National Park


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 09 Apr 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location : Ottawa
    • 3
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    Trip :April 9 (Saturday) Spring Waterfowl Migration East of Ottawa

    Leader Name(s): Leaders : Bob Cermak, Bernie Ladouceur .

    Trip Description :

     Meet 8 a.m. along Petrie Island Causeway on Trim Rd which is at the bottom of the hill north of Jeanne D'Arc Blvd. Take hwy 417 east then hwy 174 east and turn north on Trim Rd in Orleans. After a stop at a Tim's we will search for migrating geese, ducks, Sandhill Cranes, raptors and early spring migrants probably on Milton Rd, Frank Kenny Rd, Russell Rd and the flood plains east of Bourget. Trip ends approximately 2 p.m. Bring a scope if possible. Register at ofo.ca : supply your email and you will be notified if trip date changes.


    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Winter birds, spring migrants,  photography.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: Ottawa transport to the start of the fieldtrip.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good winter footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat, some hilly sections possible.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Icy or snowy  conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: enroute.


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 10 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Location : Algonquin Provincial Park
    • 0
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    Trip : Algonquin Park  : April 10th (Sunday).

    Leader Name(s): Leaders :Ron Tozer, Dawn Sherman.

    Trip Description :

    Meet 9:00 a.m.. at the Visitor Centre (km 43 on Highway 60), where your required park permit can be purchased. Bring your lunch or buy lunch at the Visitor Centre restaurant. Trip will end in late afternoon. We will search for Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Boreal Chickadee.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Winter and boreal birds,  photography.

    Location and Directions: Meet 9:00 a.m.. at the Visitor Centre (km 43 on Highway 60).

    Public Transportation: n/a

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good winter footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat, some hilly sections possible.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Icy or snowy  conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at V/C and Spruce Bog . Pit toilets elsewhere.


    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. 

    COVID-19 Rules: All trip leaders are vaccinated. We require that all trip attendees are fully vaccinated. The trip will comply with current government COVID-19 rules. Before the trip, please use the Government of Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment to determine if you should attend. Please cancel your registration if Government of Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment recommends that you stay home, if you have symptoms, have been exposed to a person with COVID, or are waiting for test results.

    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 18 Apr 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Location : Angus
    • 2
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    Trip :

    April 18 (Monday) Minesing Swamp

    Leader: Henrique Pacheco. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Tim Hortons in Angus on Simcoe County Road 90 west of Barrie. Marsh birds, early spring migrants, shorebirds, waterfowl.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Winter birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good winter footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Icy or snowy  conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Tims in Angus.


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 23 Apr 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 24 Apr 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Location : Wiarton
    • 16
    Register

    Trip :

    April 23 and/or 24 (Saturday, Sunday) Cabot Head and Bruce Peninsula

    Leaders: Martin, Kathy Parker, Kiah Jasper.

    The Bruce Saugeen Peninsula between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron is a corridor for migrating birds in the spring migration.

    Saturday’s birding will concentrate on sites along the Georgian Bay shoreline and will feature concentrations of Red-necked & Horned Grebes. Migration hawks will be passing overhead if the winds are favourable. Other migrants will add to the day’s birding.

    Sunday’s birding will focus on the Lake Huron shoreline with special emphasis on Black Creek Prov. Park Reserve (a mecca for wood warblers), Stokes Bay, Issac & Sky Lakes and the Oliphant shoreline. Highlights should include early warblers.

    The birding each both days will be very different. One can attend one or both days.

    The meeting location for both days is the parking area for the Spirit Rock Outpost and Lodge on Highway #6 at the north end of Wiarton at 8:30 a.m.

    Accommodation is available at Spirit Rock (519-534-5168). Bring a packed lunch.

    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. Scope useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good winter footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat. Some hilly sections.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility :  Wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: Enroute. 


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 mae 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 24 Apr 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Location : Point Pelee National Park.
    • 10
    Register

    Trip : Point Pelee National Park : April 24th (Sunday).

    Leader Name(s): Leader : Ellen Smout

    Trip Description: 

    April 24 (Sunday) Point Pelee National Park:  Meet Marsh Boardwalk parking lot in Point Pelee Nat. Pk. at 7:30 am. Bird marsh boardwalk, North-West Beach, Visitor Centre area, Tip. Entry fee to the Park.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Spring birds,  photography.

    Location and Directions: Pay entry fee at park entrance, proceed to Marsh boardwalk to meet group.

    Public Transportation: n/a but bicycles feasible to bird the park.

    Duration: Rest stops and lunch break will occur throughout the day. Preferable to bring a packed lunch and drink.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good  footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. May hike on beach near the Tip.

    Accessibility: Wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at several locations in the park, including the marsh boardwalk, the Visitor Centre , and the Tip area.


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 24 Apr 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Location : Picton
    • 13
    Register

    Trip :   

    April 24 (Sunday) Prince Edward County

    Leader: Mike Burrell. Meet at 7:30 am at the Sobey's parking lot on Main Street in Picton. Prince Edward County is southern Ontario's hidden birding gem with good birding at all times of the year. We'll explore the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area for early migrants, waterfowl and maybe some interesting birds on the Lake. Rubber boots recommended. Trip ends early afternoon.

    Fieldtrips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Winter birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required. See above re-boots.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Tims and other locations.


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 24 Apr 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Location : Peterborough
    • 22
    Register

    Trip :   April 24 (Sunday) Peterborough Area


    Leaders: Dave Milsom, Cathy Douglas, Brian Wales.

    Trip Description :  Birding the area for early spring migrants and late winter birds. Meet Peterborough Zoo Parking Lot on Water Street just south of Trent University at 8.00 a.m.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Winter birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: only in Peterborough.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Tims and other locations.


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 29 Apr 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02 May 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Location : Pelee Island
    • 25
    Register

    2 Trips :

    #1: April 29 (Friday) to May 2 (Monday) Introduction to Pelee Island Birding .

    Leaders : Martin and Kathy Parker. This three night outing to Pelee Island will permit one to view the beginning of the spring arrival of warblers into Ontario. The species mix will vary from day to day depending on the movement during the previous night. Each morning we will be visiting Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve. Other areas of the island will be explored during the balance of the day.
    (The 2nd weekend is the island's Birdsong Festival.)

    Each trip costs $295 per person, based on double occupancy (single supplement is available). The price includes three night accommodation at the Wandering Dog Inn, continental breakfasts, lunches and entrance fee to the Pelee Island Heritage Centre. Suppers and ferry fees are not included. Registration is required with the Parkers at mparker19@cogeco.ca. Space is limited

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

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

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear recommended.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Inn and Provincial Nature Reserve..


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, OR by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • 06 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 May 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Location : Pelee Island
    • 25
    Register

     Trip :


    #2: May 6 (Friday) to May 9 (Monday) : Migrants on Pelee Island.

    Leaders : Martin and Kathy Parker. This three night outing to Pelee Island will permit one to view the beginning of the spring arrival of warblers into Ontario. The species mix will vary from day to day depending on the movement during the previous night. Each morning we will be visiting Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve. Other areas of the island will be explored during the balance of the day.
    The 2nd weekend is the island's Birdsong Festival.

    Each trip costs $295 per person, based on double occupancy (single supplement is available). The price includes three night accommodation at the Wandering Dog Inn, continental breakfasts, lunches and entrance fee to the Pelee Island Heritage Centre. Suppers and ferry fees are not included. Registration is required with the Parkers at mparker19@cogeco.ca. Space is limited

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required.  New birders and photographers are welcome.

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

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops and coffee/lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear recommended.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. Unlikely to be much walking involved.

    Accessibility: Wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Inn and Provincial Nature Reserve..


    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. Car pooling is not encouraged at this time due to COVID-19.


    Meeting Time: Please arrive a few minutes before the start time. Please contact the trip leader 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 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 leader. 


    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 leader, 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 leader in advance, OR by emailing fieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.


    Contact: Please email fieldtrips@ofo.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

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