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    • 13 Apr 2022
    • 31 Dec 2022
    • Ontario
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    About OFO Rare Bird Ambassadors


    OFO’s Rare Bird Ambassador plan is about empowering Ontario birders with the tools and resources needed so that they can coordinate with property owners to ensure the best outcomes for all parties.


    The goal is to promote positive relations between landowners, birders, and photographers, ultimately resulting in happy people and happy birds. Birders can still decide if they want to share sightings or not; we just hope that this makes the decision easier and spreads out the workload related to managing rare bird observations.


    You don’t have to belong to OFO to participate.


    Being a Rare Bird Ambassador

    As a Rare Bird Ambassador, you are making yourself available to be called into action should a rare bird turn up in your area. The goal is to have enough Ambassadors to cover all areas of the province assuming that not everyone will be available when needed.


    Rare Bird Ambassadors will make contact with hosts of rare birds, help present possible viewing scenarios to them, and/or coordinate the viewing – sometimes by themselves and sometimes by recruiting other local birders and bird photographers to act as Ambassadors to help with crowd control or other site-specific duties where needed.


    Another aspect of being a Rare Bird Ambassador is to communicate information about rare birds, when appropriate, to other Rare Bird Ambassadors or to the Ambassador panel if you are not able to attempt arranging access.


    With the role comes responsibility. Finding out about a rare bird that isn’t public knowledge is a privilege, and Rare Bird Ambassadors are expected not to use the information they gain for personal viewing by themselves or their friends, unless it is in order to assess site logistics.


    Please keep a bird’s presence confidential unless/until the landowner approves of a viewing plan.


    As well, as a representative of the birding community you are expected to adhere at all times to OFO’s Code of Conduct and the Rare Bird Ambassadors Code of Conduct below.


    Rare Bird Ambassador Code of Conduct


    As a representative of the birding community you are expected to adhere at all times to OFO’s Code of Conduct.


    All information is to be kept strictly confidential.


    Do not use this as an opportunity to allow special access for your friends to see the bird.


    Respect the process and the work of other ambassadors.

    If you agree to help, you will have to drop everything and move quickly as birds don’t always stay for long.


    The Ambassador panel can help you find alternates so that you don’t have to be on the hook for too long.

    • 21 May 2022
    • 6:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Location : Elmvale
    • 9
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    Trip :   

    May 21 (Saturday) Tiny Marsh

    Leader: Kevin Shackleton. Meet 6.45 a.m. at the Tim Hortons, 68 Yonge Street South in Elmvale. Plan for a full day with a hike around the Tiny Marsh Trails, a visit to Wasaga Beach for Piping Plover and the Collingwood Harbour for late migrating waterfowl and the Collingwood Airport area for grassland species.

    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. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: n/a

    Duration: Rest / lunch stops will be available through the day. 

    Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip. Most of the trip is at the marsh, then drive to Wasaga Beach and Collingwood area..

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. 

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: Tiny Marsh V/C, Wasaga Beach, Collingwood.


    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.

    • 21 May 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location : Smooth Rock Falls
    • 22
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    May 21(Saturday) Smooth Rock Falls

    Leaders : Rhonda Donley, Angie and Ken Williams

    Note that this date was chosen to coordinate with the trip in Timmins area (with Roxane Filion) on May 22.

    Our goal is to find a number of boreal birds such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Spruce Grouse.

    Time and Location: We will meet at 188 Ross Rd in Smooth Rock Falls at 7:30 a.m. and drive to various birding locations in the vicinity, finishing around 2:00 p.m. We will stay within cell service for the first hour at least, in case others arrive late.

    What to bring: Participants should bring adequate clothing, understanding that the weather, while variable, is usually much cooler than in Southern Ontario. Insect repellent is recommended. Also bring a lunch, drinks & snacks, and maybe rubber boots. If you have bear spray, bring it along.

    Terrain: This trip will mainly involve walking on ATV tracks, so is not suitable for those who rely on mobility aids. Conditions may be muddy. However, participants who wish to bird from their car or in town will be accommodated with guidance regarding good places to look for birds.

    Washrooms and Amenities: Once we leave the town of Smooth Rock Falls, there are no washrooms or other amenities. Our home washroom will be available for use before and after the trip. If a wheelchair accessible washroom is required, then guests will be directed to the Esso station. We are happy to help with enquiries re. lodging, restaurants, etc.

    Contact:

    Angie & Ken Williams
    Phone or text 905-870-8583
    Email aw8675334@gmail.com

    Who should come? This field trip is open to all. New birders and  photographers are welcome.

    Type of trip: Search for boreal birds. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: n/a

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

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

    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.

    • 21 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bracebridge
    • 16
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    May 21 (Saturday): Bracebridge 

    Leaders: Janice House, Regan and David Goodyear

    Meet 8 .00 a.m. James W.Kerr parking lot in Bracebridge on Beaumont Drive. Bird park, Bracebridge Sewage Treatment ponds, and Henry Marsh. Slow pace. Eat lunch at park. Tims and other restaurants are close by on Wellington Street. There are porta potties in the park. Trip ends at 3 pm.

    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: n/a

    Duration: Rest stops will be available through the morning.

    Approximate Distance: Distances driven depend on local birding info at time of the trip. Most of the trip is within the Bracebridge town limit.

    Terrain:  mostly flat but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved. 

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: see above.

    Land Acknowledgement :  today our group acknowledges that the land was traditionally occupied by Indigenous Peoples, who continue to care for the land and shape Bracebridge today. We acknowledge the treaties signed with Indigenous people many years ago and confirm their relevance today. 


    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.

    • 22 May 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Porcupine Lake, Timmins
    • 24
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    Porcupine Lake Area - May 22, 2022 (Sunday)

    Leader: Roxane Filion .

    We meet at 7am at White Waterfront Conservation Area at Porcupine Lake (GPS: 48.478879987, -81.20512287) The focus will be on spring songbirds along the Prospector or Dead Man Point Trail (sparrows, warblers, vireos, flycatchers, etc.). After a 4 km walk, we will drive a short distance, and stroll along grassland and shrubby habitat (more sparrows and warblers, with a possibility of birds of prey) and explore another location along Porcupine River to observe some migrating waterfowl.

    Land Acknowledgement: This walk will take place on Treaty #9 territory, and on and near traditional territories of Indigenous Nations including the Mattagami First Nation, Mushkegowuk (Cree), Anishinabewaki and Métis.

    Who should come? Field trips are for OFO members (one guest is allowed but must be registered beforehand). If number of registrants allow, non-OFO members can request to join; contact trip leader for more info: roxanefilion7@hotmail.com Type of trip: A slow-paced introduction to migrating birds in the Porcupine Lake area, taking our time to listen to songs and calls, and observe and identify the species we encounter.   Meeting location and directions: White Waterfront Conservation Area is situated on the south-west shore of Porcupine Lake. Free parking at the end of Bloor Street in South Porcupine. GPS: 48.47887998, -81.20512287

    Public transportation: Bus access to the meeting point: take Timmins Transit 16 to the corner of Main Street and Bruce Avenue and walk east for 300 meters to the White Waterfront meeting area. There is no public transportation to the second birding location, but it can be reached by walking/cycling a few km if needed.

    Duration/rests: We start with a 4 km slow walk (approx. 3.5 to 4 hrs) followed by a short break at Bristol Bay (with an opportunity to stop at a restroom on the way) We then move a short distance to the Bart Thomson Trail section near Shallow Lake (Slow walk for approx. 1.5 to 2 hrs.)Approximate distance: walking 6-7 km. Driving 4 km. Trail surfaces/Terrain: Trails are hard packed with possible wet areas near the lake. Mostly flat terrain with one or two short hills.

    Accessibility: Slow walking for an approximate total distance of 6 to 7 kms. (4 to 5 km at the first location and 2 km at the second location)

    Washrooms: There are no washrooms along the trails. The closest public washrooms are in Tim Hortons or in the west entrance of Porcupine Mall on Highway 101 near the lights. We will do a quick stop there between the 2 birding locations.

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

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

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: only in Timmins: see above.

    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: see above.

    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.

    • 22 May 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Location : Napanee area
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    Trip :   

    May 22 (Sunday) Opinicon Road, Napanee Plain & Amherst Island  Leader: Chris Heffernan. Meet 7:00 a.m. on Opinicon Rd just east of Perth Road Intersection. Morning - breeding birds along Opinicon Road: Golden-winged & Cerulean Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-billed & Yellow-billed Cuckoos. On the way to Amherst Island, we stop at the Napanee Plain near Newburgh for grassland species like Loggerhead Shrike, Grasshopper Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper. Afternoon - Amherst Island (ferry fee) for shorebirds, ducks, etc.


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

    Type of Trip : Breeding 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. 

    Gradient: Flat.

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

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Tims and other locations throughout.


    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 May 2022
    • 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location : Ottawa
    • 10
    Register

    Trip :   

    May 23 (Monday) Ottawa .  Leader: Bernie Ladouceur.
    Meet 6:30 a.m. near the northeast corner of the Lincoln Field’s Shopping Centre parking lot, off  Richmond Road. We will explore the Lac Deschênes IBA during what is potentially the peak for neotropical migrants moving through Ottawa.

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

    Type of Trip : Breeding birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: Ottawa Bus service to meeting place.

    Duration: Rest stops  will occur throughout the morning.

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

    Terrain:  flat but good footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved.

    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.

    • 28 May 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location : Pakenham
    • 3
    Register

    Trip :   

    May 28 (Saturday) Lanark County.
    Leader: Ken Allison.
    Birding from 7:30 a.m. to noon along the edge of the Canadian shield west of Ottawa. Meet 7:30 a.m. at the park beside the Five Span Bridge in Pakenham. This is about 30 minutes from Ottawa. This trip will involve a lot of walking on good trails in mostly wooded areas. Possible Eastern Bluebirds, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Broad-winged Hawk plus many warbler species.

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

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

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops will occur throughout the morning.

    Approximate Distance: see above.

    Terrain:  flat but good footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/grass.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at 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.

    • 28 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Location : Morpeth
    • 22
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    May 28 (Saturday) Keith McLean Wetland, Morpeth

    Leader: Ellen Smout  

    Meet 8:00 am at parking lot off #15. From highway #401, drive directly south until you reach the wetland. Bird lotus ponds, prairie and wetland habitats. Scope useful. Washrooms in the park. Bring snacks, water. Trip ends at 3.30 pm.

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

    Type of Trip: Breeding birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope useful.

    Location and Directions: See above.

    Public Transportation: Not available.

    Duration: Rest stops and lunch break will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: Unlikely to be any driving unless leader has recent pertinent information of species nearby.

    Terrain: Flat but good footwear required. Rubber boots may be useful as terrain can be wet and muddy.

    Gradient: Flat

    Trail Surfaces: Grass/mud

    Accessibility: Wet conditions possible

    Washrooms: Washrooms available at wetland and nearby locations.

    Website: Keith McLean Conservation Lands


    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.

    • 28 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location : Toronto
    • 0
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    May 28 (Saturday) Leslie Street Spit, Toronto


    Leaders : John Carley, Lynne Freeman


    Meet 8:00 a.m. at the base of the Spit (Tommy Thompson Park-free entry) parking lot near the intersection of Leslie Street & Unwin Avenue. Late migrants, breeding birds and butterflies.


    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. 


    Location and Directions: Entrance to the park is at the south foot of Leslie St. at the intersection with Unwin Ave. Parking is free at the entrance to the park and along Unwin Ave. near the intersection with Leslie St.


    Public Transportation: TTC bus #83 Jones bus to Commissioner’s and Leslie, which is about a half km from the Spit entry.


    Duration: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Rest stops and lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.


    Approximate Distance: Distances hiked could be as much as 12 kms. depending on birding information.


    Terrain and Gradient: Mostly flat. Paved roads and rough, uneven dirt paths. Expect mud and possible wet conditions. Good footwear required.


    Accessibility: Not suitable for people using mobility aids.


    Washrooms: Washrooms are available at the park entrance and porta potties are placed throughout the park. Please bring hand sanitizer and toilet paper.


    Land Acknowledgement for Toronto :"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." 

    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 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Location : Brighton
    • 5
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    Trip :   

    May 29 (Sunday) Presqu’ile Provincial Park

    Leaders: Andrew Brown, Olivia Maillet. Late migrating shorebirds, warblers and others. Entry fee. Meet 8:00 a.m. at Beach 1 parking lot in the park.

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

    Type of Trip : Breeding birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope very useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: 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 fieldtrip will occur within the provincial park.

    Terrain:  flat but good footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/sand/boardwalk.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: in provincial 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.

    • 29 May 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Kirkfield, Ontario
    • 0
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    May 29 (Sunday) Carden Alvar


    Leader: Jean Iron


    Meet 9:00 a.m. in Kirkfield at the parking lot of Lady Mackenzie School on the right of Kirkfield Road 6, about 0.5 km north of Kawartha Road 48.

    Trip consists of some driving, as well as comfortable walking along road edges. Loggerhead Shrike, Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper, Clay-colored and Vesper Sparrows, and other grassland species.


    Type of Trip : Breeding birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope useful.

    Who can come: Fieldtrips are for OFO members One guest is allowed if required for assistance. New birders and photographers are welcome.

    Location and Directions: See above.

    Public Transportation: Not available.

    Duration: Approximately 9:00 - 3:30 Rest stops and lunch breaks will occur throughout the day.

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

    Terrain:  flat but good footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: Paved/sand. Wet conditions possible. 

    Ammenities: Washrooms at Kirkfield liftlocks and other locations. Please bring drinks, lunch and snacks as restaurants are not available at the trip location.


    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 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Location : Rainy River
    • 5
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    Trip :   

    June 3 (Friday) & June 4 (Saturday) Rainy River

    Leaders: Dave Milsom, Luke Berg, Matthew Tobey.

    You need to register for this tour by May 1. Email www.ofo.ca.

    All day Friday to Saturday 3 pm. Meet at the junction of Worthington Road & Highway 11, about 10 km east of Rainy River (3 sideroads east of town) at 7:00 a.m. local time on June 3. Breeding American White Pelican, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Marbled Godwit, Sandhill Crane, Black-billed Magpie, Connecticut Warbler, Le Conte’s Sparrow. Possible Great Gray Owl, Western Kingbird, Eared Grebe, Yellow Rail, Franklin's Gull, Piping Plover.

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

    Type of Trip : Breeding birds, spring migrants,  photography. Scope very useful.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops and lunch breaks will occur throughout each day.

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

    Terrain:  flat but good footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/sand/boardwalk.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.

    Rubber boots also recommended.

    Washrooms: enroute. 

    Land Acknowledgement for the Rainy River region :


    We acknowledge that we are meeting on the territory of Treaty 3, the traditional land of the Anishinabe people. We also recognize our local Metis Nation that shares the spiritual history of this land.


    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.

    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • Location : Hepworth
    • 15
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    Trip :   

    June 4 (Saturday) & June 5 (Sunday) Bruce Peninsula

    Leaders: Alfred Raab, Kia Jasper. On Saturday meet 7:00 a.m. at Tim Hortons in Hepworth, about 12.5 km south of Wiarton on Hwy. 6 and on Sunday, meet 7:00 a.m. at Tobermory Airport parking lot, west of Hwy. 6 on Warner Bay Road. ***Arrange accommodations early!*** Bruce birds include Brewer’s Blackbird, Common Raven, Virginia Rail, Clay-colored Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Upland Sandpiper, breeding warblers, possibly Dickcissel. Also, wildflowers & ferns.

    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: 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 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.

    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Location : Ancaster
    • 0
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    Trip :   

    Sunday June 5 (Sunday)

    "Breeding Songbirds of Hamilton"

    Leader : Rob Porter.

    Meet 7:00 a.m. at 1105 Lower Lions Club Rd, Ancaster (roadside parking area for McMaster Forest, no fee, near local bus route). Wide variety of songbird species, will be touring a few different Hamilton breeding songbird hotspots. Aiming to end around 3pm. Some locations may have parking fees, and we'll encourage carpooling to reduce those costs.

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

    Type of trip: Breeding birds, photography. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: only in Hamilton and Ancaster. See above.

    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. Some walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Tims and other locations.

    Land Acknowledgement for Hamilton :

    We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee Iroquois and Anishnaabe. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and directly adjacent to Haldiman Treaty territory.  We thank our indigenous communities for their teachings and care for our mother earth.  May we continue to honour those teachings.


    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.

    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Location : King City
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    Trip :  

    June 11 (Saturday) Happy Valley, King Township

    Leader: TBA. Meet at entrance to conservation area at 7:30 a.m. From Highway 400, take King Road exit, go west until reaching 7th  Concession. Turn right (north) to Sideroad 16. The  7th Concession veers right (east) at this point. Continue north on the 7th concession until the road dead ends. Turn around at the barricade and park facing south.  Warblers, tanagers, thrushes, hawks including Red-shouldered, swallows, and Eastern Bluebird.  Hooded warblers are possible. P.M.: Palgrave Conservation area and Hike along Duffy’s Lane.  In these less mature coniferous forests and swamps we will search for different species including pine warbler, red-breasted nuthatch, blue-headed vireo, purple finch, willow flycatcher and golden crowned kinglet. 

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

    Type of trip: Breeding birds, spring migrants,  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 but good footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/grass. Some walking involved.

    Accessibility: wet conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at Tims and other locations.

    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.


    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.

    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto
    • 14
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    Nature Outing: A TOC/OFO Pride Birding Walk - June 11 (Saturday)

    Leader: Maxwell Matchim (he/they) and John Nishikawa (he/him)

    In an exciting collaboration between OFO and the Toronto Ornithological Club, we’re introducing our first ever Pride Month Walk! We will meet at the front gate of Tommy Thompson Park (43°39'08.2"N 79°19'22.5"W) at 9:00 am on June 11th. The walk runs until 12:00, with an optional extension to 2:00.

    This walk is a celebration of the LGBTQ2S+ community, but all are welcome. 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

    Meeting location and directions: Front gates of Tommy Thompson Park. Foot of Leslie St. at Unwin Ave.

    Public transportation: The 83 Jones Bus (southbound) stops at Leslie Street and Commissioners Street, an approx. 8 minute walk from our meeting point. The 83 Jones Bus can be caught at Donlands Station. 

    Duration and rest stops: Three hours with rest stops if needed. 

    Approximate distance: 6 km walking.

    Terrain: 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 unpaved 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.

    What you need to know

    OFO and TOC welcome 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. 

    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 enough water for the duration of the trip, snacks, a packed lunch for a longer trip, and money for park entrance and ferry fees, if applicable. 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 OFO 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 emailingfieldtrips@ofo.ca. Please allow a few days for a response.

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

    Land Acknowledgement for Toronto: 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." 

    • 12 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
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    "Naked Birding" at Evergreen Brick Works - June 12 (Sunday) 

    Leaders: Lynne Freeman and Joanne Brathwaite

    A joint OFO and TOC event

    "Naked birding" means birding without binoculars. Yes, you are asked to wear clothing :) Birds are all around us, even in the middle of a big city and we can all enjoy and identify many birds without binoculars.

    This walk will focus on what we can notice with our eyes and ears so we can better appreciate and understand the richness of nature all around us. 

    Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them, but more importantly, bring your curiosity and an open mind!

    Who should come? This event is open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of OFO or TOC.

    Type of trip: Birding basics, behavior, and vocalizations.

    Type of trip: Enjoying whatever comes our way and birding basics  

    Location and Directions: Evergreen Brick Works is located at 550 Bayview Ave. Parking on site. https://www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works/visitor-info/getting-here/

    Public Transportation: Shuttlebus available from Broadview station. The earliest shuttle arrives at 7:45. If you are taking the shuttle, please contact the trip leader at 416-671-0325.

    Duration: Three hour leisurely walk with frequent stops to look at interesting things.

    Approximate Distance: 2 km

    Terrain: Mostly paved trails and boardwalk. Possibility of short distance on forest trails.

    Gradient: Mostly flat, however, there are some small hills.

    Accessibility: Suitable for people using mobility aids.

    Washrooms: on site.

    Land Acknowledgement for Toronto :"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." 

    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 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Location : Point Pelee
    • 23
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    WORKSHOP: June 12 (Sunday) - Nature Journaling and Bird Sketching at Point Pelee National Park

    Leader: Sarah Rupert. Meet 10:00 am at the Visitor’s Centre. Join Sarah Rupert for a day of Nature Journaling and Bird Sketching. We’ll spend the morning in the Visitor Centre classroom practicing the basics of sketching then head out into the park to put our new skills to work. Park entry fee required. Bring a sketchbook/journal, pencil, lunch and a folding chair. Ends 4 pm. Maximum 12 participants. Register ofo.ca

    Type of trip: Breeding birds,  drawing. 

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation:  n/a

    Duration: Rest stops will occur throughout the morning. Bring a lunch.

    Approximate Distance: No driving.

    Terrain:  mostly flat but suitable footwear required.

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: paved/grass. Little walking involved.

    Accessibility: National park facilities, trails

    Washrooms: on site.


    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.

    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Windsor
    • 22
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    ECFNC/OFO Pride Month Birding Walk - June 18 (Saturday)

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

    Join the Essex County Field Naturalists' Club and OFO for a Pride Month Birding Walk at the Ojibway Park Complex in Windsor. This walk is a celebration of the LGBTQ2S+ community but all are welcome. We will meet in the parking lot of Ojibway Park (5200 Matchette Road) at 8:30 am on June 18th.The walk will run until 12:00 pm with an optional extension to 2:30 pm. Bring a lunch or snack if you plan to join for the afternoon. 

    We 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. 

    The walk will start in the trails of Ojibway Park. From there we will cross the street and walk the Titcombe path between the Tallgrass Heritage Prairie Heritage Park and the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve and surrounding trails. Optional additional birding in either Spring Garden or Black Oak Heritage Park in the afternoon. 

    Type of trip: Walking

    Meeting location and directions: Meet in parking lot of Ojibway Park (5200 Matchette Road). 

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

    Duration and rest stops: Four hours with rest stops if needed plus optional additional hours in the afternoon. 

    Approximate distance: About 5 km walking in the morning with additional 2 km in afternoon.

    Terrain: Mostly flat; close-toed shoes or hiking shoes recommended. 

    Trail surfaces: Mostly gravel but some asphalt and dirt trails. 

    Accessibility: Asphalt trails in Ojibway Park and the Ojibway Park Nature Center accessible. Walk can be modified on the day of in accordance with any mobility needs. A drinking water station is located in the Ojibway Park Nature Center. 

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


    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.

    • 19 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location : Keene near Peterborough
    • 17
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    Canoe Trip on the Indian River: June 19 (Sunday)
    Leader : Scott McKinlay

    Meet 7:30 am at the boat launch for the Indian River on Co. Rd. 2 in Keene south of Peterborough. Bring own canoe/kayak and safety equipment, snacks, water, binoculars, cameras. Group will paddle north to set of rapids, then south out to Rice Lake through large marsh before returning to boat launch. Full morning .Trip ends about 2.00 pm

    Maximum: 12 canoes/kayaks

    At least a basic paddling know how is required for this trip. Participants are expected to bring their own vessel, equipped with the required safety equipment (life jackets, bailer, whistle, light and throw rope).  Register at ofo.ca.  A waiver form must also be signed on trip day.

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

    Type of trip: Water birds, breeding birds,  photography.

    Location and Directions: see above.

    Public Transportation: no.

    Duration: Rest stops  will occur throughout the day.

    Approximate Distance: see above.

    Terrain:  mostly flat but suitable footwear required. 

    Gradient: Flat.

    Trail Surfaces: n/a

    Accessibility: Rainy conditions possible. 

    Washrooms: at beginning of trip. Other 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.


    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.

    • 19 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Location : Toronto
    • 19
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    June 19 (Sunday) - Birding Basics at Evergreen Brick Works

    Leader: Lynne Freeman

    Meet 7:30 am at the pond behind the Farmer’s Market Building. Learn to identify common urban birds and find out more about them. Bonus! We will see breeding birds and may find some active nests! Binoculars and / or camera will be helpful but not required. Open to all.

    Who should come?  New birders and photographers are welcome

    Type of trip: Enjoying whatever comes our way and birding basics  

    Location and Directions: Evergreen Brick Works is located at 550 Bayview Ave. Parking on site. https://www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works/visitor-info/getting-here/

    Public Transportation: Shuttlebus available from Broadview station.

    Duration: Three hour leisurely walk with frequent stops to look at interesting things.

    Approximate Distance: 2 km

    Terrain: Mostly paved trails and boardwalk. Possibility of short distance on forest trails.

    Gradient: Mostly flat, however, there are some small hills.

    Accessibility: Suitable for people using mobility aids.

    Washrooms: on site.

    Land Acknowledgement for Toronto :"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." 


    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 Jul 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Algonquin Provincial Park
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    About the Camp


    This year's OFO's Alan Wormington Memorial Camp for teen birders and naturalists will take place from Sunday, July 3 to Sunday, July 10. Campers must be 13 years old at the time of the camp.


    Led by professional scientists and guides, the camp is designed to give campers an in-depth experience of the birds, moths, dragonflies, snakes, mushrooms and ecology of the park. Campers will participate in the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, contributing their finding to the atlas database. Campers will also have an opportunity to learn from the active researchers at the station and practice their wildlife photography skills.


    Itinerary

    • July 3: Arrival at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (WRS)
    • July 3 - 6: Stay at the WRS
    • July 7 - 8: Backcountry camping in the east side of Algonquin Park
    • July 9: Overnight at the WRS
    • July 10: Departure

    Accommodation


    Campers will stay at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station in the heart of the park. Situated beside a small private lake in an untouched forest, the station is a hub for wildlife researchers and a perfect base for exploring the Algonquin Park natural environment. 


    A two night camping excursion is planned for the east side of the park. Campers will explore the unique habitat at the east side by canoe and on foot.


    Cost


    The cost is $700 for the week.


    Registration


    Thank you for registering your interest in the camp. More details will be forthcoming soon.

    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Location : Toronto
    • 17
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